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Plume of Dust Blowing by Qatar

26.8N 55.8E

May 20th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Persian Gulf - May 19th, 2012

Dust blows over the Persian Gulf, between the Arabian Peninsula (below) and Iraq (upper left corner) and Iran (above, right). The dust creates a light veil over the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab, along the Iraqi coast, and over the island of Qeshm, belonging to Iran. A thicker plume of dust can be observed blowing by the country of Qatar, located on the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeasterly coast of the much larger Arabian Peninsula.

Phytoplankton Near Qatar and United Arab Emirates – November 28th, 2011

24.8N 51.9E

November 28th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton

Saudi Arabia - November 22nd, 2011

A teal green phytoplankton bloom colors the waters of the Persian Gulf, just offshore of Qatar (to the west), Saudi Arabia (to the south) and the United Arab Emirates (to the southeast). Many islands can be seen off the coast of the Emirates on the right side of the image.

Of particular note are the artificial Palm Islands and World Archipelago, visible at the far right in the full image. The Palm Islands are an artificial archipelago in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on which major commercial and residential infrastructures will be constructed. Each settlement will be in the shape of a palm tree, topped with a crescent, and will have a large number of residential, leisure and entertainment centers.

The World or World Islands is an artificial archipelago of various small islands constructed in the rough shape of a world map, located 4.0 kilometres (2.5 mi) off the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The World islands are composed mainly of sand dredged from Dubai’s shallow coastal waters, and are one of several artificial island developments in Dubai.

Dust Blowing Over and Around Arabian Peninsula

19.9N 46.6E

June 14th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms VIIRSSuomi-NPP

Arabian Peninsula – June 12th, 2013

Dust blows in the air over and around the Arabian Peninsula, covering the southern half of the Red Sea (left) and part of the Persian Gulf, near Qatar (upper right), where a thicker dust plume blows northwest-souteast. The veil of dust also extends southward over the Gulf of Aden and Arabian Sea (lower right).

Dust from Rub al’Khali Desert Over the Persian Gulf – March 15th, 2013

23.8N 52.0E

March 15th, 2013 Category: Deserts, Dust Storms, Image of the day

Persian Gulf – March 6, 2013

Dust blows northward off the coast of the Arabian Peninsula and over the Persian Gulf. The plume appears to originate in the Rub al’Khali, a sandy desert in the southern part of the peninsula, and blow northwards across southeastern Saudi Arabia, then eastwards, east of Qatar and along the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

Multi-colored Dust Plumes Over Iraq and Kuwait – July 6th, 2012

30.1N 47.9E

July 6th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Dust Over Iraq – July 5th, 2012

Several thick plumes of dust blow over Iraq and Kuwait, covering much of the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab, and out over the Persian Gulf. Three distinct colors can be seen in the plumes, due to the type of dust and sand blowing about: two light tan plumes above and below, with a darker and slightly more orange plume between them. Visible in the full image is a phytoplankton bloom, probably encouraged by minerals from sediments, around Qatar.