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Islands Near Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt

January 19th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Islands near Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt - December 15th, 2008

Islands near Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt - December 15th, 2008

The city of Sharm-el-Sheikh on the tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, is visible in the left quadrant.

The peninsula forms a land bridge between Africa and Southwest Asia. It is separated from Saudi Arabia to the east by the Gulf of Aqaba, and from the Egyptian mainland to the west by the Gulf of Suez.

Many small islands are visible in these gulfs in the Red Sea. The water around them appears turquoise, in part because it is more shallow and in part due to the presence of phytoplankton.

By looking carefully at the waters just below the peninsula, some coral reefs can be spotted.

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