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Most people outside Iran are unaware that Iran's northern coast, along the Caspian Sea, includes a large temperate rainforest (shown in green on this map). Land is this area is being snapped up by people from other parts of the country as water scarcity issues worsen in Iran. According to the head of Iran's Department of Environment, over the next 25 years, Iran's water crisis could displace 50 million Iranians (from a population of about 90 million), such that perhaps Iran as it is today “will not exist anymore.” www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/08/iran-drought-caspian-sea-northern-provinces-center-arid.html
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