Journal of Earth Science and Engineering, Volume (3), No (3), Year (2013-3) , Pages (168-179)

Title : ( Geotop of Lut Playa: Quaternary Geomorphologic Evidence and Civilization )

Authors: Adel Sepehr , Seyed Ali Almodaresi ,

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The cultural and geomorphological heritages in Playas as a key address to find out past fluctuations called geotop. Iran is strategically located on an important trade route (Silk Road) between four cradles of civilization namely, Babylon, Mesopotamia, Indus and Yangtze (Chinese). Iran is grafting point of four human civilizations which creates Persian civilization about 4,000 years ago. The Lut Desert and Dasht-e Kavir located the central and eastern Iran have been focal points for human settlements since 7,000 years ago. The geoarcheological findings on the Siyalk hills of Kashan located in the Dasht-e Kavir and Jiroft region located in the Lut desert are confirmations for human settlement since more than 7,000 years ago. Shorehzar that is a Persian equivalent word for Arabic word of Sabkha is considered as a Playa geomorphic type which involves precious evidences of quaternary fluctuations. In this article, geomorphological and paleoenvironmental investigations are integrated to provide a framework of environmental change for the late Pleistocene and early-mid Holocene periods in the main deserts of Iran, Lut. In this article based on main geotops of Lut, the quaternary evolutions have been discussed. The investigations are showing that Playas were bed of civilization in Iran Deserts.


, Geotops, playa, sabkha, shorehzar, quaternary,
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author = {Sepehr, Adel and Seyed Ali Almodaresi},
title = {Geotop of Lut Playa: Quaternary Geomorphologic Evidence and Civilization},
journal = {Journal of Earth Science and Engineering},
year = {2013},
volume = {3},
number = {3},
month = {March},
issn = {2159-581X},
pages = {168--179},
numpages = {11},
keywords = {Geotops; playa; sabkha; shorehzar; quaternary; Lut},


%0 Journal Article
%T Geotop of Lut Playa: Quaternary Geomorphologic Evidence and Civilization
%A Sepehr, Adel
%A Seyed Ali Almodaresi
%J Journal of Earth Science and Engineering
%@ 2159-581X
%D 2013