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Musandam Peninsula and Qeshm Island in Strait of Hormuz – February 2nd, 2012

25.9N 56.2E

February 2nd, 2012 Category: Mountains, Sediments

Iran - January 19th, 2012

The Strait of Hormuz is a narrow, strategically important strait between the Gulf of Oman in the southeast and the Persian Gulf. On the north coast is Iran and on the south coast is the United Arab Emirates and Musandam, an exclave of Oman. The strait at its narrowest is 54 kilometres (34 mi) wide.

Visible near the coast of Iran is Qeshm, an Iranian island situated in the Strait of Hormuz, and separated from the mainland by the Clarence Strait/Khuran in the Persian Gulf. Greenish sediments and algal growth can be observed around the island, particularly to the west.

Visible in the lower part of the image is the Musandam peninsula, jutting into the Strait of Hormuz. The Musandam peninsula is an exclave of Oman, separated from the rest of the country by the United Arab Emirates. The Musandam Peninsula has an area of 1,800 square kilometers (695 sq mi). The rugged coastline resembles the glacier-carved coasts of polar regions, but in this case, the coast was shaped by the movement of Earth’s crust. The Arabian plate is slowly pushing under the Eurasian plate, creating the earthquake-prone mountains of Iran. On the leading edge of the Arabian plate, the Musandam Peninsula is sinking. The higher elevation mountains remain above the water, but the sea has rushed in to fill the valleys with fingers of water.

Sediments in Van Diemen Gulf Near Melville Island, Australia

11.5S 131.1E

January 12th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Sediments

Australia - January 12th, 2012

Sediments can be observed in Northern Australia in Van Diemen Gulf, between Arnhem Land, of the attached Cobourg Peninsula, and Melville Island. The gulf is connected to the Timor Sea in the west by the Clarence Strait and to the Arafura Sea in the north by Dundas Strait (between Melville Island and Cobourg Peninsula). The sediments are carried into the gulf by rivers including the South Alligator River, the East Alligator River and the Adelaide River.

Melville Island or Yermalner Island lies in the eastern Timor Sea, off the coast of the Northern Territory of Australia. It is west of the Cobourg Peninsula in Arnhem Land. At 5786 km2 it is just outside the 100 largest islands in the world, but is the second biggest island in Australia, after Tasmania (and excluding the continental landmass).

Visible by the bottom edge is the Lakes Argyle and Kununurra Ramsar Site, which comprises an extensive system of artificial freshwater reservoirs, with their associated permanent wetlands, formed by damming the Ord River in the eastern part of the Kimberley Region of northern Western Australia.

Qeshm Island Off the Southern Coast of Iran – January 15th, 2010

26.9N 56.2E

January 15th, 2010 Category: Image of the day

Iran - December 14th, 2009

Iran - December 14th, 2009

This orthorectified image shows the island of Qeshm situated in the Strait of Hormuz, and separated from mainland Iran by the Clarence Strait (locally known as Khuran) in the Persian Gulf. The island is located a few kilometers off the southern coast of Iran, opposite the port cities of Bandar Abbas and Bandar Khamir.

The island, which hosts a 300 square kilometer free zone jurisdiction, is 135 km long and spans 40 kilometers at its widest point, located near the center of the island. At its narrowest point, the island is only 9.4 kilometers across. The island has a surface are of 1491 square kilometers.

Strait of Hormuz and Qeshm Island, Iran – December 31st, 2008

December 31st, 2008 Category: Image of the day

Strait of Hormuz - November 19th, 2008

Strait of Hormuz - November 19th, 2008

The main body of water visible in this image is the Strait of Hormuz, which connects the Persian Gulf (west) to the Gulf of Oman (east).

The landmass on the lower right is the Musandam Peninsula in Oman, just north of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

In contrast with the extremely ridged terrain of the peninsula is the province of Hormozgan, Iran, above.

The island in the center, Qeshm Island, a free trade zone, is separated from the mainland by Clarence Strait and is located opposite the port cities of Bandar Abbas and Bandar Khamir.

We can see a strong green algal bloom off the southern end of the island.

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