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Features of the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt – January 21st, 2011

29.7N 33.8E

January 21st, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Egypt - December 27th, 2010

The Sinai Peninsula, visible in the left half of the image, consists of an area of some 61,000 square kilometers. Geographical Sinai belongs to Egypt but the two are separated by the Suez Canal (visible near the left edge; observed in greater detail in the full image).

The natural barriers are the Gulf of Suez to the west, separating the African continent from the Middle East and the Gulf of Aqaba to the east. The northeast boundary is a 200 kilometer stretch of Mediterranean coastline.

The northwestern parts of the peninsula appear covered in sandy desert, while the lower reaches are more mountainous. In the full image, many dry riverbeds can be observed in the central zone.

Also of note is the Dead Sea, between Israel-Palestine and the West Bank (west) and Jordan (east), just northeast of the Sinai Peninsula.

Lake Bardawil on Northern Shores of Sinai Peninsula, Egypt – December 5th, 2010

31.1N 33.1E

December 5th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Egypt - November 28th, 2010

Visible along the shores of Egypt at the top center is Lake Bardawil, a large, very saline lake on the north coast of the Sinai Peninsula. The lagoon is shallow (reaching a depth of about 3 metres) and is separated from the Mediterranean Sea by a narrow sandbar.

Visible along the left edge of the image is the Suez Canal, connecting the Mediterranean Sea (above) to the Red Sea (below). The green land in the upper left quadrant is part of the Nile River Delta region. Finally, visible on the right side of the full image is the Dead Sea, between Israel-Palestine and the West Bank (west) and Jordan (east).

The Sinai Peninsula, Egypt – March 4th, 2009

March 4th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Sinai Peninsula, Egypt - February 26th, 2009

Sinai Peninsula, Egypt - February 26th, 2009

The Sinai Peninsula is a triangular peninsula in Egypt. It lies between the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Red Sea to the south, forming a land bridge from Africa to Southwest Asia. Its area is about 60,000 kmĀ².

The body of water to the west, separating the peninsularom the Egyptian mainland, is the Gulf of Suez. The body of water to the east, which separates Sinai from Saudi Arabia, is called the Gulf of Aqaba.

Below, in the Red Sea, many small islands can be observed. The shallow, turquoise waters directly below the southernmost tip of the peninsula are home to some coral reefs, particularly off the coast of the city Sharm-el-Sheikh.

Plume of Dust Sweeping from Egypt Across Cyprus – April 10th, 2013

33.6N 32.8E

April 10th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Egypt – April 8th, 2013

A plume of dust sweeps over the coast of Egypt, veiling the Nile Delta and the Sinai Peninsula, and northwards over the Mediterranean Sea, over and past Cyprus to Turkey (visible at the top of the full image). Middle Eastern countries on the east coast of the sea, such as Israel, are also being affected. More frequent dust storms are a sign of desertification and climate change.

Suez Canal and Great Bitter Lake, Egypt – July 17th, 2011

30.7N 32.3E

July 17th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Egypt - July 12th, 2011

Visible on the right side of this image is the Dead Sea, while near the left edge is part of the fertile, green delta of the Nile River, in Egypt. At the edge of the delta, bordering the Sinai Peninsula, is the Suez Canal, an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt, connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea.

After multiple enlargements, the canal was 193.30 km long, 24 m deep, and 205 m wide as of 2010. It consists of the northern access channel of 22 km, the canal itself of 162.25 km and of the southern access channel of 9 km. It is single-lane with passing places in Ballah By-Pass and in the Great Bitter Lake (visible along the path of the canal in the full image). It contains no locks; seawater flows freely through the canal.