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Red Sand Dunes of Arabian Desert, Saudi Arabia

24.4N 45.3E

November 21st, 2011 Category: Deserts

Saudi Arabia - November 8th, 2011

The Arabian Desert is a vast desert wilderness stretching from Yemen to the Persian Gulf (top right) and Oman to Jordan and Iraq. It occupies most of the Arabian Peninsula, with an area of 2,330,000 square kilometers (900,000 sq mi).

At its centre is the Rub’al-Khali, one of the largest continuous bodies of sand in the world. This extreme environment features everything from red dunes to deadly quicksand. The climate is extremely dry, and temperatures oscillate between extreme heat and seasonal night time freezes.

Arid Geography of Saudi Arabia, From Persian Gulf to Red Sea

23.4N 44.1E

November 11th, 2011 Category: Deserts

Saudi Arabia - November 8th, 2011

Saudi Arabia’s geography is dominated by the Arabian Desert and associated semi-desert and shrubland. It is, in fact, a number of linked deserts and includes the 647,500 km2 (250,001 sq mi) Rub’ al Khali (“Empty Quarter”) in the southern part of the country (visible upon opening the full image), the world’s largest sand desert.

The main topographical feature is the central plateau which rises abruptly from the Red Sea and gradually descends into the Nejd and toward the Persian Gulf (upper right quadrant). Sediments from the Shatt al-Arab River can be seen entering the northern part of the gulf.

On the Red Sea coast (visible in the lower part of the full image), there is a narrow coastal plain, known as the Tihamah parallel to which runs an imposing escarpment.

Arabian Desert and Dust Over Red Sea, Saudi Arabia

21.1N 43.1E

July 21st, 2011 Category: Deserts, Dust Storms

Saudi Arabia - July 14th, 2011

Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the Middle East by land area, constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula. Its geography is dominated by the Arabian Desert and associated semi-desert and shrubland.

Among the deserts composing the Arabian Desert is the world’s largest sand area, the Rub’ al Khali (“Empty Quarter”), which covers the southern part of the country and covers more than 250,000 square miles (647,500 square km). It slopes from above 2,600 feet (800 metres) near the border with Yemen. Some dust can be seen over the Red Sea in the lower left corner.

Irrigated Fields, Desert and Volcanic Features of Northern Saudi Arabia

28.7N 38.7E

May 12th, 2011 Category: Deserts

Saudi Arabia – May 3rd, 2011

A zone of irrigated fields can be seen in northern Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jawf province, on the edge of the Arabian Desert.

In the lower half of the image, areas of mountains and volcanoes can be seen, particularly in the Madinah Province. Lava flows appear as dark brown stains on the landscape.

Dust from Arabian Desert Over Red Sea

27.9N 38.7E

April 24th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Dust Storms

Red Sea - April 15th, 2011

A plume of dust originating in Saudi Arabia can be seen blowing southwestward over the Red Sea, towards Egypt and Sudan.

In the upper part of the image, a cloud of dust can also be seen spreading northwestward in a fan shape towards the Sinai Peninsula, Jordan, Israel/Palestine and Syria.

The dust is from the Arabian Desert, a vast desert wilderness with an area of 2,330,000 square kilometers (900,000 square miles) that occupies most of the Arabian Peninsula. The climate is extremely dry, and temperatures oscillate between extreme heat and seasonal night time freezes.

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