Tehran (ISNA) – Khourian Desert is located in the southeast of Semnan County.
The desert is mainly covered with salt domes, and steppes are numerously found in its northern regions.
Halophytes are the major vegetation of its southern areas.
During the reign of the Qajar Dynasty, this region enjoyed a strategic position due to the flow of oil on the ground. As a result, its ownership was repeatedly exchanged between Britain and Russia.
Khourian Desert is a potential tourist area in Iran due to its proximity to the city of Semnan.
Photographer: Masoud Mohaghegh