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Circular Fields in Saudi Arabia by Jordan Border – December 4th, 2010

December 4th, 2010 Category: Image of the day

Jordan and Saudi Arabia - November 28th, 2010

The green area in the upper right quadrant of this image is composed of many circular irrigated fields on the usually dry terrain of Saudi Arabia, near the Jordan border. The fields are situated around the settlement of Al Basayta.

The fields are able to flourish in the arid region due to center-pivot irrigation, also called circle irrigation, a method of crop irrigation in which equipment rotates around a pivot.

Central pivot irrigation is a form of overhead (sprinkler) irrigation consisting of several segments of pipe (usually galvanized steel or aluminium) joined together and supported by trusses, mounted on wheeled towers with sprinklers positioned along its length. The machine moves in a circular pattern and is fed with water from the pivot point at the center of the circle.

2 Responses to “Circular Fields in Saudi Arabia by Jordan Border – December 4th, 2010”

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    Sean O Mahony:

    Greetings – Your location comment is in error, I think; judging by the positions of the Dead and Red Seas , which are just visible on the left margin of the image, these irrigated areas are in the Wadi as Sirhan basin of Saudi Arabia – not Syria.

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    Thank you, we have corrected the error.

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