News ID: 192815
Published: 0320 GMT May 15, 2017

Memorial stamp for Lut Desert's UNESCO registration published

Memorial stamp for Lut Desert's UNESCO registration published

Cultural Heritage Desk A memorial stamp to introduce Lut Desert, as Iran's first natural site to be registered on the global heritage list, was published.

Director for Lut Desert Base Zahra Rezaei Malakuti announced on Sunday that in the stamps features pictures pertaining to the desert.

She added that each page contains 16 stamps with signs of UNESCO world heritage registration, Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization and Lut Desert logo on the fringes of the stamp.

Lut Desert, which is known as Dasht-e Lut, is a salt desert in northeastern Kerman Province, and is the 25th largest desert in the world. The desert is also one of hottest spots on Earth recording the highest temperature ever measured on the planet in 2005; 70.7° Celsius.

Lut Desert is divided into three sections: The northern, central and southern regions. The central part, which is the largest in Lut Desert, also attains its lowest altitude. There are several kalouts (natural phenomena made of clod), a moving sand dune that is built one day and moves on the next, in this region that extends from central Lut to the west.

These kalouts extend over an area to the east and northeast of Shahdad. They have been generated by the extreme soil and water erosion and extend from northwest to the southeast of the region. The kalouts cover part of the western fringes of Lut Desert with an average length of 145km. There is little vegetation in the desert region. In the addition to the kalouts, there are other beautiful attractions to the east of Kerman — the lowest region of Lut Desert to the east of a salt mine called 'Gowd-e Namak', which is situated in the western region of the kalouts.

The temperature in Lut Desert can exceed 70°C in the shade, which makes it even hotter than the 'Death Valley'.


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