Sabalan

Date of Submission: 09/08/2007
Criteria: (vii)(viii)(ix)
Category: Natural
Submitted by:
Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization
State, Province or Region:
Ardebil Province
Coordinates: N38 15 00 E47 55 00
Ref.: 5218
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Description

Sabalan mount a laten volvano with the altitude of 4820 m, is Iran's third highest peek. This mountain that includes a collection of volcanic features as well as wonderful natural scenes is one of the invaluable natural properties of Iran. At the peak there's a crater lake of sweet water that is one of the highest sweet water lakes the world.

Statements of authenticity and/or integrity

Almost the natural manifestation and beautiful scenes of the mountain have survived  all the changes and the destructions, while it is only in the southern laps where some facilities have been provide for exploitation of the mineral-thermal springs in traditional and modern styles which itself  has brought  the tourism in the region to the prosperity. All the unique specification of this mountain can be seen being concentrated on the northern laps.

Comparison with other similar properties

The long diameter, the existence of the wonderful erosion valley in the highest altitude sweet water lakes of the world being local in the mountain are among the unique specification of the mountain.