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Lake Tuz Special Environmental Protection Area (SEPA)




Lake Tuz Special Environmental Protection Area (SEPA)

Date of Submission to the Tentative List:  21/06/2013

Ref. Nr: 5824

Category: Natural

Turkey’s Salt Mine

Located in the Central Anatolian region, Lake Tuz is Turkeys second largest lake and counted among the shallowest lakes in addition to its reputation as a bird’s paradise. Surrounded by the provinces of Aksaray, Konya and Ankara, Lake Tuz is Turkey’s major salt reserve and among the lakes with the highest percentage of salt worldwide. The lake is well known as the breeding area of flamingos and the habitat of many species of birds.

The natural area which has drawn the attention for its diversity of flora and fauna is also an ideal location for photo shootings amidst the magnificent colors of sunset. Lake Tuz is at the same time Turkey’s first natural heritage candidate to be considered for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


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