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Volcanic Fields, the Dead Sea, and Agricultural Areas in the Middle East – July 14th, 2010

31.4N 35.4E

July 14th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Volcanoes

Middle East - June 30th, 2010

Middle East - June 30th, 2010

The right half of this image stretches from southern Syria at the upper right, through Jordan (center) to Saudi Arabia (below). In the left half, following the Mediterranean Coast from north to south, are southern Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Part of the Red Sea can also be seen at the bottom.

Other areas of interest include an agricultural zone in Saudi Arabia, near the border with Jordan (best observed in the full image, in which the shapes of the individual fields can be seen); the Jabal ad-Duruz volcanic plateau, a dark brown patch in Syria adjacent to the I Es Safa hills (northeast of the volcanic field); and the Dead Sea, a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east, and Israel and the West Bank to the west.

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