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Oman, East of the United Arab Emirates

26.0N 56.2E

November 1st, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Oman and U.A.E - September 24th, 2009

Oman and U.A.E - September 24th, 2009

A vast gravel desert plain covers most of central Oman, with mountain ranges along the north (al Jebel al Akhdar) and southeast coast. Oman’s main cities are located by the mountains in this northern area, including the capital city Muscat.

Here, the mountain ranges appear dark brown, in contrast with the sandy color of much of the landscape to the south. Oman’s climate is hot and dry in the interior and humid along the coast.

The peninsula of Musandam (Musandem), which has a strategic location on the Strait of Hormuz, is separated from the rest of Oman by the United Arab Emirates and is thus an exclave. Here, the U.A.E can be seen to the left, their lands appearing lighter and yellower than the terrain of Oman to the east.

Moving across the Strait of Hormuz, the island of Qeshm can be seen off the coast of southern Iran. The part of Iran visible here is in Hormozgān Province, which has an area is 68475 km2 and 1000 km of coastline.

Dust Blowing over Gulf of Oman from Iranian Coast

April 15th, 2009 Category: Dust Storms

Dust blowing over Iran coast

Dust blowing over Iran coast

Sand blows off the coast of Iran’s Hormozgān Province, into the Gulf of Oman. The dust particles, however, do not yet reach all the way across the gulf into Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

Hormozgān has 1,000 km (620 mi) of coastline. The province is primarily mountainous, consisting of the southern tip of the Zagros range. The sand appears to be blowing to the coast from farther inside the province’s interior.

This region experiences a very hot and humid climate, with temperatures sometimes exceeding 120F (49C) in summers. There is very little precipitation year round.

Strait of Hormuz and Qeshm Island, Iran – December 31st, 2008

December 31st, 2008 Category: Image of the day

Strait of Hormuz - November 19th, 2008

Strait of Hormuz - November 19th, 2008

The main body of water visible in this image is the Strait of Hormuz, which connects the Persian Gulf (west) to the Gulf of Oman (east).

The landmass on the lower right is the Musandam Peninsula in Oman, just north of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

In contrast with the extremely ridged terrain of the peninsula is the province of Hormozgan, Iran, above.

The island in the center, Qeshm Island, a free trade zone, is separated from the mainland by Clarence Strait and is located opposite the port cities of Bandar Abbas and Bandar Khamir.

We can see a strong green algal bloom off the southern end of the island.

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