Map of Karun
The Karun (also Ulai current; persian كارون ) is a river in south-western Iran. The Karun flows from the mountain Zard Kuh in the Zagros Mountains in Lorestan Arvand Rud up ( Shatt al Arab) and finally into the Persian Gulf. This 720 km long river is the longest and only navigable river in Iran.
Reservoirs on the Karun
- Karun -3
- Karun -4
- Shahid Abbaspur Dam ( Karun -1)
- Masjid -e- Soleiman Dam ( Karun -2)
- Gotvand Dam
In the Gilgamesh epic the " Ulai power " is mentioned more often. In the early Sumerian Gilgamesh traditions of this river was probably as a transport of cedar to Uruk or to the other Mesopotamian sites of great importance. At that time, the lag " sacred cedar forest " not in Lebanon, but in the eastern mountain ranges of Mesopotamia.
The built of Roman work crews in the 3rd century AD, Band-e Kaisar, a combination of arch bridge and weir, should have been the first major bridge over the Karun.