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In this Feb. 19, 2014 photo, Iranian men relax in a hot mineral water spring as snow falls lightly, in the northwestern town of Sarein, Iran. The steamy waters emanating from the depths of the earth are rich in sulfur, calcium, lithium and other minerals, and are believed to offer relief to patients suffering from joint pain and some skin diseases. The hot springs, in Sarein, also offer an affordable getaway for Iranians from all walks of life. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

SAREIN, Iran (AP) — Spring-fed mineral baths on the slopes of Iran's Sabalan mountain draw patients seeking traditional hydrotherapy and tourists seeking a relaxing getaway.

The steamy waters emanating from the depths of the earth are rich in sulfur, calcium, lithium and other minerals, and are believed to offer relief to patients suffering from joint pain and some skin diseases. The hot springs, in the northwestern town of Sarein, also offer an affordable getaway for Iranians from all walks of life.

The region welcomes more than 8 million tourists annually, who flock to its many swimming pools, hotels and restaurants, according to local media reports. Others bathe in outdoor natural springs on grassy hillsides as animals graze in the background.

In this Sept. 11, 2013 photo, Iranian men enjoy a hot mineral pool, in the northwestern town of Sarein, Iran. The steamy waters emanating from the depths
In this Sept. 11, 2013 photo, Iranian men enjoy a hot mineral pool, in the northwestern town of Sarein, Iran. The steamy waters emanating from the depths of the earth are rich in sulfur, calcium, lithium and other minerals, and are believed to offer relief to patients suffering from joint pain and some skin diseases. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi) (Ebrahim Noroozi/AP)

Here's a gallery of images from Associated Press photographer Ebrahim Noroozi of the hot springs at Sarein.

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In this Feb. 19, 2014 photo, Iranian men shower at a hot mineral pool, in the northwestern town of Sarein, Iran. Spring-fed mineral baths on the slopes of
In this Feb. 19, 2014 photo, Iranian men shower at a hot mineral pool, in the northwestern town of Sarein, Iran. Spring-fed mineral baths on the slopes of Iran?s Sabalan mountain draw patients seeking traditional hydrotherapy and tourists seeking a relaxing getaway. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi) (Ebrahim Noroozi/AP)


In this Feb. 19, 2014 photo, Iranians wash each other with cloths at a hot mineral pool, in the northwestern town of Sarein, Iran. The steamy waters
In this Feb. 19, 2014 photo, Iranians wash each other with cloths at a hot mineral pool, in the northwestern town of Sarein, Iran. The steamy waters emanating from the depths of the earth are rich in sulfur, calcium, lithium and other minerals, and are believed to offer relief to patients suffering from joint pain and some skin diseases. The hot springs, in Sarein, also offer an affordable getaway for Iranians from all walks of life. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi) (Ebrahim Noroozi/AP)

In this Feb. 19, 2014 photo, Iranian men relax at a hot mineral pool, in the northwestern town of Sarein, Iran. The steamy waters emanating from the depths
In this Feb. 19, 2014 photo, Iranian men relax at a hot mineral pool, in the northwestern town of Sarein, Iran. The steamy waters emanating from the depths of the earth are rich in sulfur, calcium, lithium and other minerals, and are believed to offer relief to patients suffering from joint pain and some skin diseases. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi) (Ebrahim Noroozi/AP)