0829 GMT June 26 2017
Department of the Environment (DoE) and Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade will sign a memorandum of understanding within the next ten days to preserve the colorful soil of Hormuz Island in the Persian Gulf and prevent any exploitation, said the deputy head of DoE.
Parvin Farshchi further said that this colorful soil, which is very rare, is considered a cultural heritage.
She said: “One of DoE’s priorities is to preserve Hormuz soil.”
Taking even one millimeter of soil out of Hormuz Island is an offense, she said, adding that the MoU would prevent the activities of a mine operating on the island.
Hormuz is a dome-shaped salty island in Persian Gulf. It is located eight kilometers from Bandar Abbas.
It is considered a key location in the Persian Gulf due to its geographical situation and proximity to Hormuz Strait.
Hormuz Island is a secluded spot loved by environmentalists and those who long for peace and quiet.
The oval island has gained popularity with artists too.
Its beaches, which are covered with colorful soil, form the canvas for artists.
Among green, brown, white, ochre, red and black mountains, the island's Red Mountains are distinct. Locals use its soil for baking special bread and add it to pickles as spice.
As a result of low precipitation and a high concentration of salt in the island’s soil and water, no plant grows there. However, its truly different soil has turned it into an ideal setting for geological studies.[KDA1]