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"Zard Kuh" redirects here. For the village in Iran, see Zard Kuhi.
Kolunchin Zardkuh.JPG
Highest point
Elevation 4,221 m (13,848 ft) [1]
Prominence 2,095 m (6,873 ft) [1]
Listing Ultra
Coordinates 32°21′52″N 50°4′39″E / 32.36444°N 50.07750°E / 32.36444; 50.07750Coordinates: 32°21′52″N 50°4′39″E / 32.36444°N 50.07750°E / 32.36444; 50.07750
Translation Yellow Mountain (Persian)
Kolunchin is located in Iran
Parent range Zagros Mountains

Zard Kuh (meaning "Yellow Mountain", also spelled Zardkuh, Zarduh Kuh[2] or Zard Kuh-e Bakhtiari; Persian: زردكوه بختياري) is a sub-range in the central Zagros Range, Iran.

With an elevation of 4221 metres, the Zardkuh is located in the Zagros Mountains in the Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province of Iran.[3] The Karun and also Zayanderud rivers start in the Zagros mountains near the Zardkuh. There are small glaciers on the mountain owing to the relatively high precipitation, which are the only glaciers in the subtropics outside the Himalayas, Andes and Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt [4]

Geologically, the Zardkuh is situated in the Sanandaj-Sirjan geologic and structural zone of Iran and is mainly made of Cretaceous limestone.[5]

Famous documentary Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (1925) captures on film the Bakhtiari tribe's amazing crossing of Zard Kuh barefoot in the snow with 50,000 people and 500,000 animals.

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  1. ^ a b "Iran: 54 Mountain Summits with Prominence of 1,500 meters or greater" Sources differ significantly on the elevation of this peak. Peakbagger for example gives an elevation of 4,548 m and a prominence of 2,443 m. Retrieved 2012-04-29.
  2. ^ Rawlinson, George. 2002. The Seven Great Monarchies of the Ancient Eastern World (Vol. 2: Babylonia, Media and Persia)
  3. ^ Microsoft Encarta World Atlas, 2001, Microsoft Corporation
  4. ^ Glaciers of Iran
  5. ^ Geological Map of Iran, National Geoscience Database of Iran,

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