Nominated Geoparks-Geosites

Qeshm Geo-park
Qeshm island, the biggest island in Persian gulf,based on similarities to anticlines and Zagros anticlines is assumed to be part of southern Zagros. Another determining factor would be the Salt Dome which has been pulling up on the western part of the island causing morphological and tectonical changes. Finally, erosion which is mainly caused by wind, sea waves, and seasonal rainstorms, could be considered as a determining factor in forming the present geo-morphology of Qeshm Island. Based on abundant natural resources and unique landscapes, especially exceptional geological formations, the Qeshm Global Geopark was established in the Western part of Qeshm Island. Qeshm Geopark as the only Geopark in the Middle-East has been registered by the Global Network of Geoparks.

Hormuz geo-park
Hormuz lsland has always been known as the paradise of mineralogy and petrology. This island which is, in fact, a salt dome peeping out of the Persian Gulf waters has exposed thorough series of phenomena and structures related to the salt dome and enjoys a thousand-color picturesque landscape due to the existence of a wide diversity of stones and ores’ The native plants and animals, historical places and long-lasting culture of dwellers in this island are among the other specifications making the establishment of a geopark worthwhile.
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Lut Geo-park
the unusual landscapes of kaloots, nebkas, and aeolian sands offer an
attractive touring site. Lut is home to the Earth’s hottest point, as well as rare examples of the deserts and Kavir textures on the vast plain. A geopark with the ancient town of Shahdad at the center promises to be a world-class geopark with four geological and geographical world records.
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Damavand Geo-park
Damavand is a sacred and legendary mountain, and has historically been the emblem with Iran’s glory and grandeur. This extinct volcano is
one of the world’s loftiest conical summits (the second) and may be the
world’s highest intercontinental volcano. The wonderful natural landscapes and ancient historical sites surrounding Damavand form a rare collection of attractions to be introduced as a world geopark.
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Sabalan Geopark
Sabalan volcano, the legendary mountain of Azary-speaking people,the fresh water crater lake at the altitude of 4800 m, the wonderful valley of Shirvan, the many mineral hot springs, the biological diversity and natural landscapes, along with the culture and local ceremonies will bring the Ardabil Province the gift of a geopark.
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Golestan Geopark
In Golestan Province, a variety of climates and landscapes can be seen: dense forests, beautiful seacoasts, vast plains, and ancient and historic places. The mud volcanoes in north of lran are most densely populated in this province. The widespread deposits and numerous waterfalls are among the geological phenomena in this region. By choosing an area to be introduced as a geopark in this region, the beauties of this province can be kept and preserved while simultaneously becoming more known to the public.
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Jandaq-Khoor GeoPark
ln the region amid the historical cities of Khoor and Jandaq, some beautiful landscapes of Kavir plain can be found. As Kavir plain has a wide area, Jandaq-Khoor region can mostly exhibit much of the typical desert and Kavir phenomena existing in this plain. The Kavir villages of Garme, Mesr, Aroosan, and Choopanan are among the scenic places in this region.
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Ekbatan Geopark
The igneous mass of Alvand and the metamorphoses that have taken place in its surroundings have created a vast exhibit and laboratory for carrying out lithological research. The ancient places in the vicinity of this mountain and the beautiful nature of the region have given it great potential for introducing a geopark in Hamedan Province. The well-known cave of Alisadr can be regarded as a geosite outside the limits of the geopark which will add to its attraction.
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Genou Geopark
The protected zone of Genou in the north of Bandar Abbas, in addition to enjoying natural specifications and significant biological diversity, also has valuable geological phenomena.Mineral hot springs, Geo-tectonic phenomena such as the sheared anticlines and numerous scenic salt domes are among these phenomena.
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Urmia Geopark
Urmia Lake is one of the biosphere reserves as well as an international basin (lagoon) which has been placed on the list of lran’s national parks. Apart from the biological specifications of this lake, Urmia Lake also has a significant value from the point of view of geological phenomena. This lake has a good chance to be introduced as a geopark.
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Maraqe Geopark
The existence of one of the world’s rarest vertebrate fossil sites near Maraqe city has given this region a high appeal for the introduction of a geopark. Of the other phenomena adding to the
potentialities of this region, one can name the historical places in the city, Goshayesh valley and its geysers as well as Kabutar cave.
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Firouzabad Geopark
The Firouzabad region, south of Shiraz City, is home to valuable historical sites, rare natural features, and unique geological phenomena, what has, along with the fabulous cultural attractions of the tribal life of nomadic settlers, afforded a perfect collection for geopark nomination.
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Tabas Geopark
The historical city of Tabas, located at the center of a region surrounded by the geological attractions, especially vast plains and deserts as well as numerous historical sites and constructional phenomena, is capable of being introduced as a sightly geopark. The people’s lifestyle and the way they have adapted themselves to desert and kavir conditions is another
attraction of the region.
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Kalat Geopark
The Kalat region,in the north of Khoranan Razavi Province, features striking geological phenomena. Geo-tectonic and sedimentary outcrops, landscapes and fossil sites are among the valuable phenomena in this region. Also, the significant natural and historical places make this region’s specifications suitable to be introduced as a new geopark,
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Koohdasht Geopark
ln the Shirez valley in the western part of the Koohdashi, Lorestan Province. the ancient cave of Humian. the stone images of Mirmalas, the intact natural vegetation and fauna and striking
habitat diversity make a wonderful geopark for the region with rare landscapes.
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Oshtorankooh Geopark
The beautiful mountain chain of Oshtorankooh and its natural glaciers and surrounding untouched scenic valleys, Gahar lake, and cascading waterfalls in the whole region has given a high potential for this beautiful protected zone in Lorestan Province for introducing a geopark.
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Makoo Geopark
Makoo city and its surrounding region host a permanent exhibition of volcanic phenomena. The basalt flows, the basalt river of Zangmar, basalt columns, the gloriously awesome walls of Makoo and the natural beauty of the region, along with the inviting landscape of the southern side of Arrarat volcanoes, both the big and small, have provided this region with the possibility of being introduced as a geopark.
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Kabirkooh Geopark
ln Kabirkooh, llam Province, there exists a matchless phenomenon that is the super landslide of Seymare. Also in the east sides of this mountain, striking structural and erosion phenomena can be found. The existence of widespread natural landscapes and numerous
historical places has made it possible to introduce a new geopark in
this region.
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Nakhlak-Anarak Geopark
The time-worn mine of Nakhlak is lran’s best place to introduce a mine geopark. This mine with its brilliant history of mining, old and modern, shines like a gem amid its surrounding desert landscapes, Nakhlak mine along with the historical mining town of Anarak is a significantly valuable choice for establishing a new geopark in lran,
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Makran Geopark
High wave-cut cliffs , very scienic erosion lndscapes ,
many mud volcanoes, a sea mangrove forest,fossile of whales and many other local plants,and animalss have made it possible to to introduce a striking geoparks ,within the southern part of Sistan and Baloochestan Province.
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Dashti Geopark
The Dashti salt dome, which may be lran’s most beautiful salt
dome ,can be chosen as a focal point for a geopark. Scenic erosion
phenomena, the beautiful coastlinesof the Persian Gulf, biological
diversity and historic charm of the area surrounding this dome have
enhanced its value and chance to be chosen as a geopark’ Dashti’s
proximity to the Mand protected zone as well as the national park of
Nayband are among the other factors contributing to its consideration
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Sahand Geopark
Sahand, lran’s widest volcano, holds many geological and natural
phenomena around it which make a valuable treasure worthy of
establishing a geopark; among such phenomena one can name the
volcanic craters series, various widespread pyroclastic deposits, the
historic village of Kandovan, surrounding mineral and travertine springs,
numerous fossil sites, rare ecosystems, and scenic landscapes in the
surrourding valleys

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