Iran’s Miraculous Desert Glacier

Iran’s Miraculous Desert Glacier.

map-iranThis is an armchair trip by Ian Lloyd Neubauer through the Iranian countryside west of Esfahan (Istafan), to one of nature’s rare sights, the Zard-Kuh Glacier. Zard Kuh, meaning “Yellow Mountain,” is a sub-range of the central Zagros Range. With an elevation of 4221 metres, it is located in the Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Provinces. There are small glaciers on the mountain owing to the relatively high precipitation, which forms the only glaciers in the subtropics outside the Himalayas, the Andes, and Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt. Geologically, it is situated in the Sanandaj-Sirjan geologic and structural zone of Iran and is mainly made of cretaceous limestone.

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