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Lut Desert (the vicinity of Shahdad)

Date of Submission: 09/08/2007
Criteria: (vii)(viii)(ix)(x)
Category: Natural
Submitted by:
Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization
State, Province or Region:

Kerman Province

Coordinates: N30 28 E57 42
Ref.: 5216
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The big desert of lut with the area of 5400 km2 is situated in the east and southeast of Iran .In a major part of this desert, there is no animal and vegetable life of any kind.The very beautiful and typical phenomena abound in this desert. This desert has a few universally unique specifications. Due to its vastness only a part of this area (in the vasinity of the historical city of shahdad), that includes the most of its phenomena is taken in to consideration.

Statements of authenticity and/or integrity

Lut desert Due to the rough environmental conditions and the limited facilities of life is almost deserted. Also, because of limited number of roads passing through, the problems and difficulties of urban development resulting from civil industrial activities do not face it and it is perfectly intact and virgin. Its natural and various phenomena have remained intact since far years and it is the only natural changes which lives their usual effect on this desert.

Comparison with other similar properties

Lut enjoys 3 probably 4 universal records:

  • The longest widespread system of yardangs in the world (120 km long in 80 km wide).
  • The tallest sand pyramid of the world (nearly 500 M high)
  • The hottest point of the world (based on the studies on the satellite images and data).
  • The biggest nebkas in the world (most probably)