majesty of Iran’s central plateau is never complete
without the vast expanses of Yazd’s desert plains and
sand hills. Remote from the damp shores of oceans and
seas, the province is naturally plagued by a hot and dry
territorial climate. Yet the temperature, which fluctuates
with season change can sharply drop from a seething 46
Celsius to a frigid polar of –20 Celsius within 24
are only two seasons: Long tedious hot season, which
starts in mid-March and ends in mid-September, and the
cold season, which begins in October and lasts until
February. The coldest time of the year occurs in January
or February and the hottest in June. Sweltering Yazd
summer days may be incommodious, but the traveler will
find its refreshing cool nights euphorically invigorating.
overall, one third of Yazd province is flat, hot and dry
and except for some gigantic mountains, the whole province
is an extensive salt desert land, which resulted from
axons of over-Stalinization of the soil. These wide
expanses of arid, barren and Stalinized tracts of land are
incapable of supporting, but marginal biological activity.
Thus, no unicellular or multi-cellular plants or animals
may survive in Yazd’s salty deserts.
the province’s major and most imposing deserts is the
Ardakan, or Siakouh Desert. Often
described as the most dreadful one in the region,
it sprawls in a horseshoe shape from northwest to
southeast in northeast Ardakan. It boldly intervenes
between 1939 m high Heresht mountain in the south and the
dark bulk of 2050 m high Siakouh mountain in the north,
and serves as a suitable basin that absorbs rainwater and
floods streaming down these mounts.
Taqistan and Darangir Deserts, though not so vast as
Ardakan, are the other major deserts of Yazd; and with the
Herat, Marvast, Beheshtabad and Bahadoran deserts, they
make a third of this province’s desert and saline areas.
is a highly priced commodity, because of minimal rainfall
in the area. Water resources include subterranean canals
and artesian wells. These are augmented by mountainous and
semi-mountainous water reservoirs, which partially supply
provincial water needs. About 367 subterranean wells
yielding 210 million cubic meters of water annually are
currently in use in Yazd, Rostaq, Maibod, Ardakan and
Taft-Mehriz semi-mountainous terrain.