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I've come across references to the Iranian plateau countless times, so I've decided to do some research on it. Gringo300 23:23, 13 November 2005 (UTC)

Geological activity?[edit]

Isn't the frequency of earthquakes unusually large in this region? It has been said that Tehran and other cities such as the recently quake hit Bam are at great risk for catastrophe. It might be good to mention this if it is true. – M0llusk 01:59, 1 August 2006 (UTC)

Tectonic status[edit]

What is the Iranian Plateau in Plate Techtonics? Is it part of the Eurasian plate, or a smaller plate that impacted Eurasia, causing the uplift of neighboring mountains? Please add a section on this. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 20:30, 14 February 2007 (UTC).


According to the map provided in the external link of this article [1], Kurdistan is not part of the Iranian plateau.Heja Helweda 02:17, 15 February 2007 (UTC)

Iranian plateau[edit]

The Iranian plateau is not a geological formation, but rather a set of tectonostratigraphic terranes accreted onto the Eurasian platform before the subduction, I think, of the Arabian plate. It's incredibly complex, as accretionary terranes tend to be. The Persian Gulf does not bound it to the south as the plateau is only the region north of the Zagros fault. Do you have some reference which actually puts "Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and small parts of Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan" in the Iranian plateau? Geologically they're part of a very different geophysical regime. Also, I believe the Main Zagros Thrust is bounded by the Straits of Hormuz in the east, the point separating the MZT and the Makran transfer zone, but I'm not sure about this--but this would exclude anything outside of Iran. The term is used also in the broader sense to refer to region of Southern Asia north of the Zagros/Markan, however, I believe that geophysical studies done in the past decade have shown clearly these regimes should be differentiated. I deleted much of the article, because of difficulties, like placing the Zagros mountains north and/or northwest of the Iranian plateau, when geologically they are the primary boundary to the south defined by motion of the Arabian plate--if you look at a geophysical map of Iran you can distinctly see the Zagros and the plateau to the north. Also do you have a source for the size of the area? I do have some references for the geology of the region, if you're interested, e-mail me, and I will be glad to forward some major pdfs that discuss the seismicity of the MZT. KP Botany 02:50, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

  • is the Iranian plateau a part of the "Arabian plate"? can you provide some sources?
It doesn't say that the Iranian Plateau is part of the Arabian plate, as it isn't part of the Arabian Plate. KP Botany 19:58, 11 March 2007 (UTC)

Geology and Geography[edit]

As stated on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Iran this article is about both the Iranian Plateau in a geological sense and in a geographical sense. That is what the introductory sentence was for, to alert the reader that both are covered in this article. Geography is not the same thing as geology, so please don't edit out geology, to replace it with geology. In geology, mountainous regions are not generally called plateaus, and the geographical and geological plateaus don't coincide. The Iranian plateau is extremely important geologically, and well studied as the Iranians are some of the world's leading geologists.

Also, someone added a non-neutral POV tag. If this has to do with geographical pursuits, please put the information on the talk page that this is what it is about and be explicit. Otherwise I will remove the tag. KP Botany 03:48, 12 March 2007 (UTC)


I don't believe the numbers given are correct, my understanding is that the Iranian plateau covers a much larger area than what the article suggests. I'm not however an expert on this issue, so I'm requesting other Wikipedians to check the article for accuracy. --Mardavich 06:51, 13 March 2007 (UTC)

If you dispute something, usually you have some idea of what is correct. The article states 1.4 million square miles. Guesstimate how much larger you think it is, 3 million square miles? 10 million?Is there anything else in the article you question? This is a simple fact check, not a call for an expert. The line can just be removed, also, if you're more comfortable with that. Please do be specific with the sentence you disagree with and what you think is correct and why, rather than a tag above a whole article when {{fact}} can be used simply and directly to point to the specific fact in question. KP Botany 22:55, 13 March 2007 (UTC)


What do these peaks have to do with the Iranian Plateau? KP Botany 23:10, 13 March 2007 (UTC)

I am deleting the peaks as this question has been ignored. Please tie them directly in to the Iranian Plateau before reinserting them, and please don't use a site that is self-proclaimed not within the scope of Wikipedia references, "An informal online resource for summit-focused hikers, climbers, and mountain lovers," "The material presented here can have many factual errors and is often purely subjective opinion," "This personal, unprofessional, non-commercial website ...." Emphasis mine.
Please use resources in accordance with Wikipedia:Attribution:
"This page in a nutshell: All material in Wikipedia must be attributable to a reliable, published source." A source that defines itself as "subjective opinion" does not meet the criteria in WP:A. KP Botany 04:31, 17 March 2007 (UTC)

This tag calls for an explanation on the talk page, please provide that explanation[edit]

Again, when you post a tag part of it is to post on the talk page to explain exactly what you are calling for. An expert in what? Where does the expertise need to be applied?

This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject.
Please help recruit one or improve this article yourself. See the talk page for details.
Please consider using {{Expert-subject}} to associate this request with a WikiProject

Notice that this tag says you have posted the details on the talk page--you haven't.

If you want an expert to attend to this article please let them know why. If you don't know why, maybe it needs something else besides expertise, like expansion.

KP Botany 20:53, 17 March 2007 (UTC)

Needs some additional work[edit]

The article is not very clear. The Iranian plateau is based in central Iran and is surrounded by several major mountain ranges including the Zagros. It does not include the province of Kurdistan, as it is a mountainous region, and the Iranian plateau, obviously, is flat. Atashparast 01:51, 24 April 2007 (UTC)

Good catch. This is unfortunately the problem with editor relying upon other encyclopedias for information for Wikipedia-- Britannica uses "plateau" incorrectly, stating that Kurdistan is part of the "mountainous region of the Iranian Plateau," while the other resource, Old Iranian Online, clearly indicates that the Plateau does not extend into the mountains. I seriously doubt that Iranian historians and geologists, as literate in history and the earth sciences as they tend to be, consider the mountain ranges of Kurdistan to be plateau. You can feel free to edit by removing it, and asking for a more subject-specific reference besides Britannica. KP Botany 03:13, 24 April 2007 (UTC)

Taggin the page[edit]

It is the job of the editors of the article, to add references when they add material. Adding a tag to notify the reader and editors that an article is unsourced does not require that the person placing the tag add sources. Please read this about "Tagging unsourced material:"

If an article has no or very few references, but you are unable to find them yourself, you can tag the article with the template {{Unreferenced}}.

If a particular claim in an article lacks citation and is doubtful, consider placing {{fact}} after the sentence or removing the claim. Consider the following in deciding which action to take:

  1. If it is doubtful but not harmful to the whole article, use the {{fact}} tag to ask for source verification, but remember to go back and remove the claim if no source is produced within a reasonable time.
  2. If it is doubtful and harmful, you should remove it from the article; you may want to move it to the talk page and ask for a source, unless you regard it is as very harmful or absurd, in which case it should not be posted to a talk page either. Use your common sense. Do not be inappropriately cautious about removing unsourced material; it is better for Wikipedia to say nothing on an issue than to present false or misleading material.

I have reverted your edit for this reason, to have the tag catch the attention of people inserting unsourced, poorly sourced, or not definitively sources material in the article.

However, when this particular issue is dealt with, you should remove the tag, as this is the sole issue you have brought up on the talk page, the fact that Kurdistan is mountaineous, not a flat highland or plateau.

KP Botany 03:44, 25 April 2007 (UTC)

Caspian Sea Missing[edit]

One of the maps, the blue and green one, is missing a graphic representation of the Caspian Sea. The area is shown green rather than blue. Bhammerstrom (talk) 19:47, 18 August 2008 (UTC)


Protected due to long-running edit warring. I see no one is discussing here or providing references relevant to the disputed west/central Asia bit. Have at it. Vsmith (talk) 17:12, 16 August 2012 (UTC)