Introduction of Desert Geotourism and its potential in Iran
Iran's beautiful deserts offer all the aspects of an adventurous trip or desert tourism in beautiful and untouched nature. Deserts show the colorful and exotic nature of Iran. White extensive salt domes and golden, bright green, yellow and red dunes create a fantastic spectrum of beautiful colors for desert tourists in bright daylight. More that one fifth of Iran is covered with real deserts.
Kavir National Park
Kavir National Park is a protected ecological park in north of Iran. The park is about 4000 km2 and at 120km south of Tehran and 100km east of Qom. Kavir Park is located at the western end of Dasht-e-Kavir (Great Salt Desrt).
Kavir National Park, covered with desert plants, is a habitat for mammals like gazelle, a rare type of panther and zebra.
In this park cultural relics are seen.
A brief comparison between geotourism and mining in Tunisia and china shows the vital role of tourism in economic development. Reliable statistics in aforementioned countries show:
China's per capita income in tourism and geotourism in 2004: 61.7 billion dollars
China's per capita income in mining in 2004: 28 billion dollars
Tunisia's per capita income in tourism and geotourism in 2000: 3 billion dollars
China's per capita income in mining in 2000: 542 million dollars