May 12, 200602:23 PMThe Life
Deserts of the world: Iranian
May 12, 2006 - 02:23 PMThe Dasht-e Kavir (Great Salt Desert) in north-central Iran is about 500 miles long and 200 miles wide wide. Named after the kavirs (salt marshes) located there, its nearly rainless climate with high surface evaporation has created a crust of salt over the marsh and mud lands. The kavirs act like quicksand, so travel in this desert is extremely dangerous. It is almost uninhabited and only partly explored.
[Image courtesy of USGS EROS Data Center - click thumbnail photo for larger version.]
Extending south from the Dasht-e Kavir is the Dasht-e Lut, a sand and stone desert, 300 miles long and 200 miles wide. It consists of dried-out kavirs and contains a large salt marsh.
These desert areas occupy most of the central Iranian plateau.