Makran, Pakistan’s Semi-Desert Coast25.3N 64.0E
Makran (or Makkuran) is a semi-desert coastal strip in the south of Balochistan, in Iran and Pakistan, along the coast of the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman. Of the 1,000 km coastline, about 750 km is in Pakistan, including the stretch visible here.
The narrow coastal plain rises very rapidly into several mountain ranges, visible in the upper part of this orthorectified image. The climate is very dry with very little rainfall.
Makran is very sparsely inhabited, with much of the population being concentrated in a string of small ports and many smaller fishing villages. The coast of Makran possesses only one island, Astola Island (visible in the full image), near Pasni, and several very small islets.
The coastline can be divided into an eastern lagoon coastline and a western embayed coastline. The main lagoons are Miani Hor and Kalamat Hor. The main bays of the embayed coast are Gwadar West Bay and Gwatar Bay.