South Khorasan Province, Iran – August 17th, 200933.2N 57.5E
Iran consists of the Iranian Plateau with the exception of the coasts of the Caspian Sea and Khuzestan. It is one of the world’s most mountainous countries, its landscape dominated by rugged mountain ranges that separate various basins or plateaux from one another.
The populous western part of Iran is the most mountainous, while the northern part is covered by dense rain forests and the eastern part consists mostly of desert basins.
In this orthorectified image, a long, mountainous area, in the province of South Khorasan, reaching heights of 2000 meters splices through the surrounding desert basin. Its sides slope down to an elevation of 800 meters above sea level.
The southern part of the image belongs to the Naybandan Wildlife Refuge, the largest protected area in Iran at 1.5 million ha. It has recently been given legal protection and is known today to hold the highest population of the Iranian cheetah.