Lut Desert: Large Salt Desert in Iran; Tasnim News Agency
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Dasht-e Lut, known as the Lut Desert, is a large salt desert in Kerman and Sistan and Balouchistan Province, southeast of Iran, and is the world’s 25th largest desert.
The surface of the sand there has been measured at temperatures as high as 70 °C (159 °F), and it is one of the world’s driest and hottest places. It was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list on July 17, 2016.
It lies between two faults: the Nehbandan Fault on the east and the Nayband Fault on the west. The Lut Desert catchment area is about 175 thousand square kilometers (one tenth of the total area of the country) and is 900 kilometers from north to south and about 300 kilometers from west to east. At the foothills facing the Lut Desert, there are relics of human settlements from the fourth millennium B.C.