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Strait of Hormuz Between Iran and Arabian Peninsula

22.7N 55.1E

November 25th, 2010 Category: Deserts

Saudi Arabia - November 9th, 2010

While some clouds are present over the Persian Gulf, the rest of this image of Iran (above) and the Arabian Peninsula (below) is clear. The closest point between the two is by the Strait of Hormuz, 35 mi (55 km) wide at its narrowest part, which links the Persian Gulf (west) with the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea (east).

Visible on this southeastern part of the peninsula are Saudi Arabia (occupying some of the coast near the top and much of the terrain inland), Qatar (peninsula just south of the clouds), the United Arab Emirates (east and southeast of Qatar), and Oman (east and south of the UAE).

Much of the landscape inland is dominated by the Rub’ al Khali sandy desert, tan and orange in color. In the full image, rows of invidividual, high orange dunes can be observed.

The terrain along the northern coast of Oman and the southern coast of Iran is more mountainous. Visible just off the coast of Iran, by the Strait of Hormuz, is the large island of Qeshm.

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