Where NOT to vacation in Iran

Where NOT to vacation in Iran
by Ari Siletz

At 70.7 degrees Celsius (159 F) Kavir e Loot in Iran has the record for the highest temperature reached on the Earth's surface, according to NASA satellite measurements. For comparison, the recommended setting for home hot water tanks is in the 50-60 degrees range. A two second exposure to 65 degree Celsius water will cause scalding. Before the 2004 and 2005 NASA satellite results, some desert experts claimed that Death Valley, USA or Rub' al Khaali in Saudi Arabia were the best place to hang your wet laundry. However years ago research by Professor Parviz Kardavani, founder of the Iranian Desert and Kavir Research Center had already placed Kavir e Loot as the hottest place on Earth. He had found that some areas the Kavir support no life at all--not even bacteria! The NASA result corroborates Dr. Kardavani's conclusion.

The above image is a temperature map of our planet where brighter color means hotter temperature. The brightest spot on the map is known as the "Chaaleh e Markazi e Loot." Don't go there during your Iran vacation. Az maa goftan.


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by yolanda on

Thank you, Ari! LOL!

People living in the hot regions have very short life-span........it is sad and scary! Look at the data, the bottom 30 countries with short life-span are all in hot Africa except Afghanistan......Iran ranks #108 in the world!


I guess we just leave Lut desert as a virgin desert for the time being! Eventually we will find a way to utilize the free resources!

I drove thru solar energy farm before......it is not just a solar farm......high voltage power lines and grid are built around the farm.....so it is a gigantic project.......I heard electricity can't be stored......once electricity is generated, it has to be delivered somewhere.......that is what I heard! I am not a double "E" person!

Ari Siletz

Good point, Yolanda

by Ari Siletz on

Can't imagine working at 159 F degree weather. Though if the pay is good...   :)



by yolanda on

Yes, they can build solar panel farms there......but they still need people to manage the facilities........but it seems to me that it is inhabitable over there.....because it is so hot, it will shorten people's life expectancy.......high heat can even cause organ failures.......they need to figure out that people can function there before they can build solar energy farms! Is the desert hot year around? Is the winter cooler? Maybe they can build the farm during winter if there is one!

Here is a video:


They have tumble-weed type of vegetations on the desert floor!

Thank you for sharing!

Ari Siletz

MPD, would you settle for just nuclear waste?

by Ari Siletz on

Unexplored Kavir regions sounds perfect for a "where no man has gone before" vacation. I should change the title of the blog.


This link to bacteria in reactor:



This link to bacteria in nuclear waste:



Fuel rod may be too much to ask, but worth a try in an experiment. Along those line, in this video students had fun exposing insects to extremely high levels of radiation to see who would survive. And we used to think pulling wings off flies was cruel!

Multiple Personality Disorder

I have also heard...

by Multiple Personality Disorder on

I've also heard, can't remember where, that there are places in Kavir Lut that has never, ever, been explored by man (human).  It's hard to believe!  I might have read it in the National Geographic.  Can't remember.  I wish I had a better memory.  But anyway, it's good to know that once again we are number one in one more thing.

P.S. I didn't find anything about bacteria living on nuclear fuel rod with a given temperature.

Ari Siletz

Still hotter with denials, MPD

by Ari Siletz on

Here's the latest on the issue:..

  گندم‌بریان در شمال شهداد... این تپه، از قول دکتر پرویز کردوانی، اشتباها به عنوان گرمترین نقطهٔ کرهٔ زمین معرفی شده است. دکتر کردوانی طی مصاحبه ای جامع این گفته را انکار میکند.  دکتر
کردوانی میگوید: «بر خلاف آنچه به نقل از من در روزنامه ها نوشته شده است
منطقه "گندم بریان" در کویر لوت گرم ترین نقطه زمین نیست و این اظهار نظر
کذب محض است. چرا که گرم ترین نقطه زمین طبق مطالعات من و سازمان ناسا "چاله مرکزی لوت" در 75 کیلومتری شرق شهداد است




...Love the term "Bacillus infernus." Will have to find a place to use it. Maghaam e moazam Rahbari is too Arabicized, maybe the Latin "Imbecilus infernos!"


Multiple Personality Disorder

Hot topic, Ari

by Multiple Personality Disorder on

I found more info about the subject, the hottest place on earth:


according to this, bacteria has been found in an ambient temperature of 75 degrees C (167degrees F):


Also, I have heard on nuclear fuel rods living organisms, can't remember  what kind, has been found.  I'll Google some more,,,  


Ari Siletz


by Ari Siletz on

Glad you are aware of the enormous solar potential in Iran and its benefits over nuclear.

Iran did pretty well with wind energy for a while, even exporting wind farm equipment to Armenia. Solar has never been taken seriously, however, despite the potential. One reason is of course that the technology isn't cheap and the know how to make cost break throughs resides mostly in countries with a background in silicon industry products. By the way, another technical problem that needs to be solved with desert photovoltaics in Iran is, paradoxically, wind. Frequent high winds kick up dust, covering the photovoltaic cells. Iranian scientists may simply have to dump the photovolatic approach and think out of the box...

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan


by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


I have been saying the same thing about solar energy. Iran is rich in it and should use it. We are stupid to be relying on oil; better solar aka nuclear that is millions of miles away in other words is it safe :-)

Ari Siletz

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by Ari Siletz on

Tavana: Ahmadi may be giving away more than he knows. The Lut desert is perfect for solar energy farms. Figure $0.1 per square meter every hour for about 6 hours of good daylight, conservatively. You do the math for a  100 meter by 100 meter piece of free desert land. Our biggest energy resourse (by far) is above ground, not under it! With a mature solar technology this resource becomes a treasure, allowing Iranians a few more centuries of not having to work.

VPK: The disinfectant grade Lut temperatures give the word "clean energy" a new twist (see above comment to Tavana).


Anahid: Second place is Queensland, Australia. At 69.3 degrees the Aussies can't touch us.



Ari Siletz


by Ari Siletz on

Yes, Kavir e lut is the same as Dasht e Lut This Farsi wiki link gives the various names of Kavir e Lut. 


The term "Dasth e Kavir" (without the Lut) however, sometimes seems to refer to the desert north of Dasht e Lut and sometimes to the entire Iranian eastern desert area (including Dasht e Lut). Not quite sure.

Anahid Hojjati

thanks Ari jan, I did not know

by Anahid Hojjati on

that the hottest place on earth is in Iran. At least we are first at something.


same as dasht e Lut?

by MM on


Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Sounds great

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


No bacteria! Perfect for a new hospital; clean; sterile and warm.


Rush! Rush! Before Too Late!

by Tavana on

The "Chaaleh e Markazi e Loot" is the same vast area which AN was offering every single Iranian a free piece of 2 days ago. One million Iranians have already registered for that plan per 'No Fear's' comment on IC with the news. Better hurry up before it is too late. Az Ari nash-needan.