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Iran Dasht-e Kavir salt desert
The image shows the curved sands in Iran's Dasht-e Kavir salt desert. Known as the "Great Sea of Salt", it has clays and sand soils with a high surface salt content due to the concentration of minerals from high summer evaporation.
It is about 500 miles long by 200 miles wide with a total area of about 30,000 sq miles (about the same size of North Carolina / US state), making it the 24th largest desert in the world. The area of this desert stretches from the Alborz mountain range in the northwest to the Dasht-e Lut in the southeast and is divided between the Iranian provinces of Khorasan, Semnan, Tehran, Isfahan and Yazd.
Image taken in
January 20, 2012