Namak Lake

The Namaksee (also Namak Lake, Daryacheh -ye Namak ) is a salt lake in Iran. It is located about 100 km east of the city of Qom and about 120 km south of the capital Tehran, at an altitude of about 790 m. The area of ​​salt area is approximately 1,800 square kilometers, the lake itself but only has an area of ​​about 1 sq. km. The lake is located at the western end of the great salt deserts in the highlands, the Dasht -e Kavir. To the east of the Kavir National Park closes ² with an area of ​​4,000 km.

The water level varies by water extraction and evaporation. At the most water is the lake in the spring. The shallow lake is between 45 cm to 1 meter deep. The lake has some rare species of fish. Important inflow and outflow is among others the Qom ( River ).

Local shepherds report that the quicksand humans and animals consuming, which is why there warning signs were erected. Daniel Bonn of the University of Amsterdam took a soil sample and examined the phenomenon in the laboratory. Its results by the sand of the Namaksee is much too dry. But there are other studies of dry quicksand, after which reports of the sinking in quicksand could be true.