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Dust Plumes and Lava Flows, Saudi Arabia

22.6N 40.4E

January 11th, 2011 Category: Dust Storms, Mountains, Volcanoes

Saudi Arabia - December 27th, 2010

A few plumes of dust can be seen blowing westward from Saudi Arabia, over the Red Sea, towards the Egypt-Sudan border. Further inland, the Hijaz Range and numerous dark brown lava flows can be observed.

The Hijaz or Hejaz range of mountains is located in the Hejaz region, close to the western coast of Saudi Arabia. The western coastal escarpment is composed of two mountain ranges, the Hijaz and the Asir, with a gap between them near the middle of the peninsula’s coastline.

The southernmost of the dark brown lava flows is just east of the Al Waba crater, on the western edge of the Harrat Kishb basalt plateau, which contains many volcanic cones. It is 500 m deep and 2 km in diameter.

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