Dasht-e Lut desert: the hottest place on earth?

Iran’s Dasht-e Lut desert, also known simply as Lut Desert, is only the 25th largest desert in the world, but it holds another record: the highest and surface temperature ever recorded with over 70 degrees Celsius! Dasht-e Lut (Persian for “Emptiness Plain”) is a large salt desert that, scientists believe, formed on the bottom of a sea. Millions of years ago, tectonic shifts caused the bottom of the sea to rise, with the water slowly evaporating due to the high temperatures. Today, the area is a barren land about 51,800…

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Hasanlu’s Lovers: a kiss 2,800 years long

Teppe Hasanlu, in northwestern Iran, is a famous archaeological site of a city that was excavated in 10 seasons between 1956 and 1974 by a team from the University Museum, University of Pennsylvania and the Metropolitan Museum. Over the years many findings of great historical value have been discovered, including a couple called “The Lovers”, which symbolizes eternal love. There are some very rare cases in which burials are occupied by two people, often due to catastrophic events such as wars or natural disasters. The two skeletons of Hasanlu, in…

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The Mysterious Greek Ship on the Coral Island of Kish.

Last week, a mysterious wreck appeared on the shores of Myanmar. But there is another story, which speaks of a more or less mysterious wreck, a massive ship landed in the azure waters on the shores of Kish, known as the Greek Ship. We are off the coast of an Iranian island, where this steamship has been beautifully rusting since the 1960s. It is the ghostly husk of a dead steamship that has not left its spot since 1966 (and probably isn’t leaving any time soon), and now is sitting…

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