GEOTOURISM ATTRACTIONS OF HORMUZ ISLAND, IRAN

Mohsen RANJBARAN, School of Geology, College of Science, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, Syed Mohammad ZAMANZADEH, Farzad SOTOHIAN, Department of Geography, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, Tehran, Iran, Faculty of Natural Resources, Department: Environmental Science Department, University of Guilan, Iran
2020 Geo Journal of Tourism and Geosites  
Hormuz Island is a salt dome situated in the Persian Gulf waters near the mouth of Hormuz Strait in Hormuzgan province, at 8 kilometers distance from Bandar Abbas. The island is elliptical, and its rock is mostly of the igneous and often volcanic type. Hormuz is one of the most beautiful Islands of the Persian Gulf due to its geological phenomena and related landforms. This island is a mature salt diapir with great mineralogical and lithological diversity. In this research, we focused on
more » ... e focused on fieldwork, which included data gathering and taking photographs and also a review of the published papers and books. The main geotourism attractions of the island include various landforms resulted from differential erosion, as well as very attractive geomorphologic structures such as rocky and sandy beaches, sea caves, colorful salt domes, coral reefs, etc. Besides the geological and geomorphological sites of the region, the ancient and cultural features are also potential attractions for tourism development on the island. Given its natural assests, territorial planning and developed infrastructure, Hormuz Island could be proposed and exploited as a geopark.
doi:10.30892/gtg.28118-465 fatcat:6s7efk4ldzdu7pvztdsz2sljma