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A star lit sky, a pregnant silence, panoramic views, mirages, the black and white sands, tall sand pyramid and salty earth are some of the characteristics that one can witness only in desert regions.

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.

Lut enjoys 3 probably 4 universal records:

The longest widespread system of kalouts /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)

In terms of temperature, Shahdad desert in Kerman with a temperature of 70 degrees centigrade accounts for thermal pole of the earth.


A trip to the uncharted desert and the fantastic city of Kalouts ( not a real city ofcourse; it looks like a city from the distance ) is a special treat ,cherished by everyone who likes to see different displays of nature.

I was standing on a tall sand structure when I took this shot !

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  • Copyright: Atousa Taghavi (Atousa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1105 W: 57 N: 2111] (7131)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2008-03-31
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2008-07-12 11:36
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