Qeshm Geopark, Iran
This geopark is located in the western part of the Iranian island of Qeshm and covers an area of 320 km2. In 2006, it was selected as a member of the Global Geoparks Network. Qashm Geopark is one of the largest salt caves in the world, with a total length of 6,000 m and a unique landscape. The geopark is ideal for research in geology, zoology, botany and archaeology. The island is long and narrow, stretching parallel to the coast of the mainland and dividing the Khuran Strait. The curving coastline is generally rocky except for sandy beaches and mudflats on the northern and western coasts. The highest elevation is 406 m above sea level. The climate is dry, the land is barren, and cereals, vegetables, melons and dates are grown. Ancient Portuguese castles, mosques, Seyyed Mozaffar’s shrines, Bibi Maryam Tomb, ponds and mangroves are additional tourist attractions on the island.