The salt flats hidden deep in the Dasht-e Kavir desert is the small trading town of Garmeh. Itís history as a trading post and natural oasis make it somewhat of a spectacle to visitors today. The Dasht-e Kavir is the largest of Iranís deserts. Known as the great salt desert, 800 km long by 320 km wide, these chemical salts balance the evaporation by drawing moisture from the substrata and the atmosphere. These salt flats, or kavirs, have properties similar to quicksand. Needless to say, travel in the Dasht-e Kavir is extremely dangerous. It is almost uninhabited and only partly explored; settlement is restricted.