Mineral reserves of Orumyieh lake undertapped

27 February 2012 | 13:17 Code : 5668 Geoscience events
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Some 1.6 million tons of valuable minerals can be obtained from Orumiyeh Lake...
Some 1.6 million tons of valuable minerals can be obtained from Orumiyeh Lake, northwestern Iran, per annum, said the deputy head of Iran Mining House here on Saturday.
According to
Fars news agency, Mohammad Reza Bahmani said Orumiyeh Lake is one of the world’s largest salt water lakes, stressing that if private companies invest just $100 million in mineral projects in the lake, various kinds of minerals can be exploited for domestic use and for export.
He said the lake’s water contains, among other chemicals, sodium chloride (20 percent), magnesium sulfate (three percent) and potassium chloride (two percent).
The official further noted that Azarbaijan Regional Mining Company is planning to produce 50,000 tons of potassium sulfate, 500,000 tons of sodium chloride, 6,000 tons of brome and 60,000 tons of magnesium chloride.
Orumiyeh Lake is a salt lake in northwestern Iran, between the provinces of East Azarbaijan and West Azarbaijan. It is the largest inland lake in Iran, with a surface area of approximately 5,200 km?. At its maximum extent, it is about 140 km long and 55 km wide while at its deepest point it is approximately 16 meters.

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