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Dust Blowing About Rub’ al Khali, Arabian Peninsula

18.7N 45.2E

March 20th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Dust Over Arabian Peninsula - March 18th, 2012

Fierce winds kick up dust over the Arabian Peninsula, in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Oman. The dust is blowing about the Rub’ al Khali, one of the largest sand deserts in the world, encompassing most of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula.

The desert covers some 650,000 square kilometres (250,000 sq mi). It is 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) long, and 500 kilometres (310 mi) wide. Its surface elevation varies from 800 metres (2,600 ft) in the southwest to around sea level in the northeast. The terrain is covered with sand dunes with heights up to 250 metres (820 ft), interspersed with gravel and gypsum plains.

Reddish-Orange Sands of Rub’ al Khali Desert, Arabian Peninsula – November 15th, 2011

21.7N 51.9E

November 15th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Image of the day

Saudi Arabia - November 14th, 2011

The Rub’ al Khali, meaning “Empty Quarter” in Arabic, is one of the largest sand deserts in the world. It encompasses most of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula, including most of Saudi Arabia and areas of Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

The desert covers some 650,000 square kilometres (250,000 sq mi) (the area between long. 44°30′ −56°30′E., and lat. 16°30′ −23°00′N). It is 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) long, and 500 kilometres (310 mi) wide. Its surface elevation varies from 800 metres (2,600 ft) in the southwest to around sea level in the northeast.

The terrain is covered with sand dunes with heights up to 250 metres (820 ft), interspersed with gravel and gypsum plains. The sand is a reddish-orange color, particularly in the southern and southeastern parts as can be observed in this image, due to the presence of feldspar.

Sand Dunes and Gravel Plains of the Rub’ al Khali

20.2N 49.9E

May 31st, 2011 Category: Deserts

Arabian Peninsula - May 23rd, 2011

The Rub’ al Khali is one of the largest sand deserts in the world, stretching over most of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula.

The desert covers parts of Saudi Arabia, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen, reaching over an area larger than France.

In the full image, many rows of orange-red sand dunes can be observed in the southern part of the desert. The light tan areas amongst the dunes tend to be pale gravel plains.

Sand Dunes of the Rub’ al Khali, Saudi Arabia and Yemen – March 17th, 2011

16.7N 45.2E

March 17th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Mountains

Saudi Arabia and Yemen - February 17th, 2011

The full version of this orthorectified image stretches from Najran Province in Saudi Arabia (above) to the Al Jawf governorate of Yemen (below).

The high rows of sand dunes of the Rub’ al Khali Desert appear as long parallel lines. To the south, the escarpment of Yemen’s western highlands can be seen.

Dust from Rub’ al Khali Desert Blowing Over Yemen

14.0N 44.0E

February 8th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Dust Storms

Yemen - January 16th, 2011

Sands from the Rub’ al Khali Desert can be seen blowing about a bit in southwestern Yemen. The sands blow over the lower parts of the dark brown mountains near the coast, but do not cross over the higher altitudes.

In the full image, more sands can be seen blowing over the desert to the north. Also, many individual rows of reddish sand dunes can be discerned.

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