Asia: Iran, Yazd Province

Geographical Location

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Ardakan City
 
 

Geographical Location
Ardakan is on Tehran-Bandar Abbas road, 60 km to the west of Yazd province, and on the margin of Salt Desert. Ardakan’s climate is desert but on the high lands, it is relatively temperate.

The scarcity of rainfall, high degree of evaporation deforestation and quicksand are Ardakan region’s features. Yet, in spite of natural limitations, the most conspicuous activities of people in this region are agriculture and gardening. The region’s most important products are pomegranates, pistachios, wheat, etc. Two fruits are exported, because of their top quality. Also, animal husbandry, especially camel raising, is widely practiced in this region making in the provincial center for camel breeding.

The name “Ardakan” is made of two parts: Ard and Kan; “Ard” means “piety”, while “Kan” means “mine”. As such the word Ardakan means “the mine of piety”. The present location of this city is on the dried-up bed of the former Saveh Sea.
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