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Strait of Hormuz and Khabr National Park, Iran

26.5N 56.2E

March 16th, 2011 Category: Deserts

Iran - February 18th, 2011

Visible on the left side of this image is the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow waterway connecting the Gulf of Oman (right) and the Persian Gulf (left). On the north coast is Iran and on the south coast is the United Arab Emirates and Musandam, an exclave of Oman.

While much of the Arabian Peninsula visible here is covered by the sands of the Rub’ al Khali desert, the terrain in Iran is significantly more mountainous. Some snow can be seen atop the mountains due north of the Strait of Hormuz.

Located by these mountains is the Khabr National Park and Ruchun wild life refuge. The lowest elevation is 1000 and the highest 3845 m. The area has a rich flora (about 750 species) and about 120 endemic species.

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