United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s World Heritage Committee on Sunday named the Lut Desert, or Dasht-e-Lut, in Iran as World Heritage Site.
“The World Heritage Committee, on the last afternoon of its 40th session which opened on 10 July, inscribed eight new sites on the List: one transnational site (in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan), and others in Canada, Chad, China, Iraq, Iran, Mexico and Sudan,” the organization said in a statement on Sunday
The 40th session of the UNESCO committee, which kicked off in Istanbul, is reviewing the condition of cultural sites protected by the body as well as examining new proposals to be added to the World Heritage List.
The newly added natural sites are Hubei Shennongjia in Chinese Hubei Province, Mistaken Point in Canada’s island of Newfoundland, Archipiélgo de Revillagigedo in Mexico, Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay — Mukkawar Island Marine National Park in Sudan, Lut Desert in south-east of Iran and a Western Tien-Shan transnational site located in the Tien-Shan mountain system between Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
“The Lut Desert, or Dasht-e-Lut, is located in the south-east of the country. Between June and October, this arid subtropical area is swept by strong winds, which transport sediment and cause aeolian erosion on a colossal scale. Consequently, the site presents some of the most spectacular examples of aeolian yardang landforms (massive corrugated ridges). It also contains extensive stony deserts and dune fields. The property represents an exceptional example of ongoing geological processes.” the UNESCU said in the statement.
U.N. cultural agency also on Friday placed nine new sites, including 11 Iranian ancient aqueducts known as ‘Qanat’, on its World Heritage List.
Photo: Lut Desert: Sand dunes in Rig-e Yallan (23/12/2014) © Naser Mizban / Naser Mizban | Image Source: Nomination file