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Iran facing a growing water crisis

January 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Karaj Dam in Iran

“Unsustainable development has increased the country’s water demand to a maximum level, causing the water level of underground resources sink to its lowest level – from 50 meters to 300 meters,” according to the general director of Iran’s Meteorological Organization, Parviz Rezazadeh.  According to an Iranian report from 2008, “per capita water quota will be below 1,000 cubic meters by 2050.” Iran has a wide range of climates by region, and an unevenly distributed population, creating additional problems around the issue of water distribution.  About half of the population lives in regions that contain over 70% of the water resources, in the north and west. The stress on adequate renewable sources of water is made worse by Iran’s growing population.  Continued stress on underground sources of water threaten to eliminate their very availability, and a little over half of the country’s water needs were estimated to be met through the use of these aquifers (same source as above).

The above tables and image are from a 2005 report written by Kaveh Madani Larijani.


The Lovers’ Wind | باد صبا

January 11, 2010 Leave a comment

“A well- known French filmmaker, Albert Lamorisse, under the aus- pices of Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Art, produced the poetic film “Lovers’ Wind” (1969). Eighty-five percent of this dramatically visual film is shot from a helicopter, providing a kaleidoscopic view of the vast expanses, natural beauty, historical monuments, cities and villages of Iran. The “narrators” of the film are the various winds (the warm, crimson, evil and lovers’ winds), which accord- ing to folklore, inhabit Iran.” (quote from Iran Archive / MMOH13 YouTube Channel)

The video is in Farsi but highly visual.

Maps of Iran

December 30, 2009 Leave a comment

I’ve gathered a collection of maps on Iran here. You can find more at the University of Texas Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection. Click on each map for a closer view.

Map - Iran political map 2001

Iran Population Density 2004

Iran demographics 2004

Iran demographics 2004

Iran shaded relief 2001

Iran Key Pretroleum Facilities 2004

Iran Southern Caspian Energy Prospects 2004

Iran Strait of Hormuz 2004

Iran Industry and Mining 1978 CIA Source

Iran Light Industry and Agriculture 1973 CIA Source

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