Stars Valley on Qeshm Island, Iran

May 12, 2012

Stars Valley on Qeshm Island, Iran

: Mehdi Najafi Ziyazi 
Summary Author: Mehdi Najafi Ziyazi 

The photo above shows the deeply eroded Stars Valley on Qeshm Island, Iran. This badlands area was carved out by wind and rain during the Pleistocene Epoch, approximately 2 million years ago. In places, the canyon is 50 ft (15 m) below the surface of the plateau it has eroded from and is adorned with oddly shaped arches, columns and passageways. It's name seems to be derived from the legend that it was formed from a falling star (meteor). For scale, note the people standing on the plateau at lower left and within the canyon at lower center. Photo taken on March 21, 2012.

Photo Details: Camera: Canon EOS 60D; Lens: EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM; Focal Length: 22mm; F Number: f/9; ISO Speed Ratings: 500; Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Macintosh.