Tag Archives: Sistan and Baluchestan Province

Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province: Martian mountains near Chabahar (Photos)

Mars or Martian Mountains, also known as Koohaye Merikhi in Persian, are a type of badlands stretched out parallel to the Gulf of Oman from Kacho Village (35km east of Chabahar) to Gwatar. They are the result of millions of years of erosion and are considered to be a symbol of the unique geo-morphological phenomena of Chabahar.

Locals named them Martian Mountains, since it seemed as if aliens – in this case people from Mars – built them; with almost no vegetation and its torn and very sharp cutted forms, they stand in strong contrast with the landscape around.

Chabahar is Iran’s southernmost city, situated on the Makran Coast of the Sistan and Baluchestan Province, it is also a free trade zone on the coast of the Gulf of Oman.

In Persian char means four and bahar means Spring. Hence, the city was named as the place where all four seasons are Spring. The majority of the city’s inhabitants are ethnic Baluch who speak the Baluchi language. At the 2006 census, its population was 71,070 inhabitants.

Sources: Wikipedia | Chabahar, Fars News | Photos (Apr. 2014), Fars News | Photos (Feb. 2014). In Persian: irandeserts.com, Mehr | News, and Deutsche Welle.

Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province: Lipar’s pink wetland (Photos)

The pink wetland of Lipar in southeastern Iran is a great place for those fond of marine environment.

The pink wetland of Lipar is located just 200 meters from the northern edge of the Sea of Oman and south of a namesake village in Chabahar, in Sistan and Baluchistan province.

The wetland is one of the alluring natural attractions of the area where those who are fond of the marine environment can catch a glimpse of beautiful scenery. What stands out about the wetland, which sits on the edge of Lipar’s seasonal lagoon 20 kilometers to the east of Chabahar, is its water which looks pink.

This body of water which is 10 hectares in area accounts for 90 percent of herbal planktons in the region and is home to a large number of species, flora and fauna.

The following is a collection of the pictures of the wetland Irandesert.com posted online:

Source: Iran Front Page