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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

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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.

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