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Elevation 3,707 m (12,162 ft)[1]
Prominence 1,826 m (5,991 ft)[1]
Listing Ultra
Sahand is located in Iran
Location East Azarbaijan, Iran
Coordinates 37°43′51″N 46°30′00″E / 37.73083°N 46.50000°E / 37.73083; 46.50000Coordinates: 37°43′51″N 46°30′00″E / 37.73083°N 46.50000°E / 37.73083; 46.50000[1]
Type Stratovolcano
Age of rock 12–0.14 million years
Last eruption Unknown

Sahand (Azerbaijani: Səhənd; Persian : سهند), is a massive, heavily eroded stratovolcano in Azerbaijan, northwestern Iran. At 3,707 m (12,162 ft), it is the highest mountain in the province of East Azarbaijan.

It is one of the highest mountains in Iranian Azerbaijan, in addition to being an important dormant volcano in the country. The Sahand mountains are directly south of Tabriz, the highest peak of which is Kamal at an elevation of 3,707 m.. Approximately 17 peaks can be accounted for as being over 3,000 m. in height. Due to the presence of a variety of flora and fauna, the Sahand mountains are known as the bride of mountains in Iran.[citation needed]

The absolute dating of Sahand rocks indicates that this volcano has been sporadically active from 12 million years ago up to almost 0.14 million years ago. Sahand is made chiefly of dacite and associated felsic rocks.

Winter sports[edit]

On the north foot of the mountain and near the city of Tabriz, a winter sport's complex has been built. This complex, also known as the Sahand Skiing Stadium, greets visitors with a variety of sports including, skiing and snowboarding. The snow statue competition, which runs once a year at mid-winter in the stadium is a famous and amusing event, which attracts spectators and competitors from all over the country.

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