December 8, 2013
Lake Urmia, Iran
Photograph by Hossein Fatemi, Panos Pictures
A man, coated in black mud, shelters from the sun beneath an umbrella on the shore of Lake Urmia, a salt lake in the province of West Azerbaijan, Iran. The salt- and mineral-rich mud is reputed to have healing properties, especially for skin and rheumatic afflictions. The lake is also home to many species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and others, and has been named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
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