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Title: The Missing Ancient Lake of Saveh
Subtitle: A historical review
Author(s): OKHRAVI, Rasoul , DJAMALI, Morteza
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 38    Date: 2003   
Pages: 327-344
DOI: 10.2143/IA.38.0.143

Abstract :
In some historical, geographical, and poetic Persian texts there is a very interesting quotation about the former existence and sudden disappearance of a lake in Saveh which is now a small city situated about halfway between Tehran and Hamadān. In this article, these texts are briefly reviewed and their contents are contrasted with present and historical geography of Saveh region, in order to verify the validity of the story of the LakeofSaveh. This comparison in addition to the study of the etymology of some geographical names, archaeological remains and recent geological findings demonstrate that the Lake of Saveh had really existed in Zarand area, a vast plain in the north of Saveh. The probable causes of drying out of Saveh Lake are also overviewed in the present article.

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