The Lut Desert, widely referred to as Dasht-e Lut (Persian: دشت لوت‎, "Emptiness Plain"), is a large salt desert located in the provinces of Kerman and Sistan and Baluchestan, Iran. It is the world's 27th-largest desert, and was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. The surface of its sand has been measured at temperatures as high as 70 °C (159 °F), making it one of the world's driest and hottest places.

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The hottest spot in the desert, Gandom Beryam, is just about 150 km from an oasis near Keshit. The water comes from a crack in the ground, flowing through gorge and filling it with life.

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Cool and clean water in the middle of the desert. Isn't it amazing?


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The canyon, carrying the flow to the villages downstream and what's left of caravanserai


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That's how it looks when you turn away from the canyon

Downstream, there was a caravanserai in times of Silk Road, where merchants could rest and refill the supplies.
Fresh water is extremely important and valuable in the desert.

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LocationLut Desert, Iran
CameraSony Alpha 5000
LensSony 3.5-5.6/16-50

A note to travellers - if you ever wander close to Kerman, find a way to get to this desert, it's one of the most breathtaking places in Iran.

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