First International Geopark of the Middle East on Qeshm Island

Monday, April 21, 2008
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Iran is planning to expand tourism attractions of international Qeshm island geopark.

Qeshm geopark has been registered as the Middle East first of the kind in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2006.

Qeshm geopark possessing the world's longest salt cave and Hara forests has attracted many foreign tourists to the island.

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Qeshm is the largest island of the Persian Gulf, hosting about 25% of Iran's native birds which annually migrate to Hara forests.

UNESCO defines geoparks or geological parks as territories encompassing one or more sites of scientific importance, not only for geological reasons but also by virtue of its archaeological, ecological or cultural value.

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Qeshm Geopark is located in western part of Qeshm Island and is one of the world's largest salt cave. It is 6,000 meters long and as unique characteristics.

More that 30 hectares from western part of Qeshm Island was allocated for construction of geopark in 2003.

Qeshm Geopark has many advantages for different sciences, particularly geology, zoology, botany and archaeology.


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