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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).

Dust Plume Over Mediterranean Sea and Sediments by Nile River Delta

33.2N 33.9E

March 22nd, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Lakes, Rivers, Sediments

Dust Over Mediterranean - March 19th, 2012

A plume of dust blows westward across Syria and the Middle East, north of the Dead Sea, and over the Mediterranean Sea. Visible northwest of the dust plume is the island-nation of Cyprus.

To the southwest of the dust plume, sediments line the shores of the Mediterranean, along the shores of the Nile Delta, visible as a fertile green triangle, and the Sinai Peninsula.

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.

Nile River Valley and Delta, Egypt – July 3rd, 2011

30.0N 31.2E

July 3rd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Egypt - June 21st, 2011

The Nile River Valley appears as a thick, fertile green band on either side of the Nile River as it flows northward towards the triangular Nile Delta, in Egypt.

In the full image, cities and towns across the delta region appear as tan circles, with Cairo visible as a larger grey patch at the stem of the delta.

To the east, across the Sinai Peninsula, the Dead Sea can be seen as well. In the full image, the upper half appears mostly blue in color, while the bottom half is divided by dikes that give it a green, striated pattern.