Valasht Lake in Danger

28 May 2005 | 13:22 Code : 5132 Geoscience events
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Steady landslide around the Valasht Lake, near Kelardasht has put the ecosystem on the verge of destruction, Chalous City Council chairman said.
Steady landslide around the Valasht Lake, near Kelardasht has put the ecosystem on the verge of destruction, Chalous City Council chairman said.
   “Following the 1990 devastating earthquake which leveled to ground the city of Roudbar in the neighboring Gilan province, a landslide occurred along 200 meters to the east of the lake causing a 30-meter rift in its southeastern wing,“ Shoja Soleimanpour said.
   He said the landslide was going on near the lake at a slow pace, warning that acceleration of the process could cause water from the lake to damage the nearby city of Chalous.
   He said Valasht Lake contains two million square meters of water in an area of 24 hectares and is fed by a number of springs in its bed.
   “Due to the high amount of lime in the soil, constructions have been totally banned around the lake,“ said Soleimanpour, adding the City Council and the Environment Department had also forbidden the use of motor boats in the water.
   The official also regretted that the flow of sewage from the nearby five villages into the lake had plunged local environment into serious danger.
   Valasht Lake with its depth ranging from seven to 28 meters and a height of 1,000 meters above the Caspian Sea level is located about 35 kilometers southwest of Kelardasht in northern province of Mazandaran.

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