1159 GMT April 21, 2021
The active stratovolcano of Taftan in Sistan and Baluchestan Province, Iran, is a secret heaven not just for tourists, but for all those interested in geology.
With a height of 3,941 meters above the sea level, Taftan is the highest summit in southeast Iran and attracts thousands of tourists each year, IRNA reported.
The spring season is the perfect time of the year to visit the area as the lovely weather and the delicate scent of fresh pennyroyal and other species of wild plants will make for a memorable experience for the visitors.
Taftan Mountain enjoys a rich and diverse plant cover which includes pistacia atlantica, almond, mountain fig, barberry, thyme, mugwort, licorice, chicory, pennyroyal, and etc.
Taftan is also surrounded by breathtaking landscapes as well as springs, such as the Jam-Chin Fountain in the northwest of the mountain.
Together with Damavand, Bazman, Sahand, and Sabalan, Taftan is one of the five major volcanos in Iran.
Geologists believe that the constant emission of steam and gasses and surrounding hot springs suggest that there is a high probability of volcanic eruptions in the future for four of the five, except for Sahand.
Abdolreza Partabian, a professor at the geology department of the Sistan and Baluchestan University, says the geomorphologic shapes of the mud volcano in Taftan have turned the place into an appealing site for geotourists.
Partabian also says various types of minerals and precious metals, such as chromite, copper, manganese, lead, zinc, gold, tin, as well as feldspar, silica, magnesite, and talc are found on a large scale on the foothills of Taftan.
AHMAD ALI DARGI/IRNA