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Masirah Island Off Coast of Oman – February 6th, 2011

20.4N 58.8E

February 6th, 2011 Category: Image of the day

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The large island off the east coast of Oman in the lower part of this image is Masirah. It is 95 km long north-south, between 12 and 14 km wide, with an area of about 649 kmĀ². The waters between the Omani mainland and the island appear green from sediments and algae.

Located about 19 km off the east side of Barr al Hikman, the island is generally hilly, especially on its east side. The hills along the east side of the island are separated from the island coast by a narrow sandy plain; they run nearly its entire length.

A steep plateau stands in the middle of the range on the northeast side of the island. Along the west side of the island, there are a few low hills separated from the east range by an extensive sandy plain marked by several hillocks.

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