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Flag of Kulu - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 10 June 2015
The municipality of Kulu (50,525 inhabitants in 2012, 21,250 in the town proper; 16,088 ha) is located 150 km of Konya and 110 km of Ankara.
Ivan Sache, 6 March 2016
The flag of Kulu is white with the municipality's emblem in the middle. "Belediyesi" means "Municipality".
The emblem of the municipality features a flamingo standing in Lake Kulu (860 ha), located 5 km east of the town.
Lake Kulu consists of two sections separated by a broad, alluvial split. The northern section (Lake Düden) is saline and drained by the diminutive Kulu River while the southern part (Lake Küçük) is fresh water, fed by an underground spring, its water derived from a subterranean aquifer. The result is a considerable diversity of habitats, ranging from mudflats to Phragmites reedbeds, with an accompanying avian diversity. Over 200 birds species have been recorded, including many waders, ducks, geese and passerine, as well as saltwater specialists such as Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) and Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta).
[I.M. Richardson. A long-term bird survey of Kulu gölü, Turkey (2001-2002). Sandgrouse, 25, 110-121]
Lake Kulu had almost completely dried up because of global warming and carelessly dug wells. The lake nearly dried up completely in 2008, but the water level is back up again after receiving 210 km of rainfall per sq. m so far in 2009.
[Today's Zaman, 12 May 2009]
Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 6 March 2016