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Bahramgor Protected Area by the Zagros Mountains, Iran

29.4N 55.6E

January 7th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Iran - December 14th, 2009

Iran - December 14th, 2009

The dark area in the upper right quadrant of this orthorectified image is part of the Bahramgor Protected Area, a wildlife sanctuary and reserve. The protected area is located in Kerman Province, Iran, at the south-eastern end of the Zagros Range.

The Zagros Mountains are the largest mountain range in Iran and Iraq. With a total length of 1,500 km (932 mi), from northwestern Iran, and roughly correlating with Iran’s western border, the Zagros range spans the whole length of the western and southwestern Iranian plateau and ends at the Straits of Hormuz.

Diverse Terrain of Pakistan

29.1N 70.6E

November 21st, 2009 Category: Rivers

Pakistan - October 5th, 2009

Pakistan - October 5th, 2009

Pakistan covers 340,403 square miles (881,640 km2), approximately equalling the combined land areas of France and the United Kingdom. Its eastern regions are located on the Indian tectonic plate and the western and northern regions on the Iranian plateau and Eurasian landplate.

Apart from the 1,046-kilometre (650 mi) Arabian Sea coastline, Pakistan’s land borders total 6,774 kilometres—2,430 kilometres (1,509 mi) with Afghanistan to the northwest (upper left), 523 kilometres (325 mi) with China to the northeast, 2,912 kilometres (1,809 mi) with India to the east (right) and 909 kilometres (565 mi) with Iran to the southwest (lower left).

The northern and western highlands of Pakistan contain the towering Karakoram and Pamir mountain ranges, which incorporate some of the world’s highest peaks, including K2 (28,250 ft; 8,611 m) and Nanga Parbat (26,660 ft; 8,126 m). A small part of these mountain ranges is visible in the upper right corner.

The Balochistan Plateau lies to the west, and the Thar Desert and an expanse of alluvial plains, the Punjab and Sind, lie to the east. The 1,000-mile-long (1,609-km) Indus River and its tributaries flow through the country from the Kashmir region to the Arabian Sea. The river’s course can be clearly seen through the center of this image, reaching from the mountains in the north to the sea in the south.

Pakistan has four seasons: a cool, dry winter from December through February; a hot, dry spring from March through May; the summer rainy season, or southwest monsoon period, from June through September; and the retreating monsoon period of October and November. The onset and duration of these seasons vary somewhat according to location. Rainfall can vary radically from year to year, and successive patterns of flooding and drought are also not uncommon.

South Khorasan Province, Iran – August 17th, 2009

33.2N 57.5E

August 17th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Iran - July 16th, 2009

Iran - July 16th, 2009

Iran consists of the Iranian Plateau with the exception of the coasts of the Caspian Sea and Khuzestan. It is one of the world’s most mountainous countries, its landscape dominated by rugged mountain ranges that separate various basins or plateaux from one another.

The populous western part of Iran is the most mountainous, while the northern part is covered by dense rain forests and the eastern part consists mostly of desert basins.

In this orthorectified image, a long, mountainous area, in the province of South Khorasan, reaching heights of 2000 meters splices through the surrounding desert basin. Its sides slope down to an elevation of 800 meters above sea level.

The southern part of the image belongs to the Naybandan Wildlife Refuge, the largest protected area in Iran at 1.5 million ha. It has recently been given legal protection and is known today to hold the highest population of the Iranian cheetah.

Indus River and Mountain Ridges in Pakistan

32.7N 71.2E

July 5th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Pakistan - June 21st, 2009

Pakistan - June 21st, 2009

The Indus River runs diagonally through this orthorectified ASAR (radar) image of northwestern Pakistan. The flat area along the river is part of Punjab Province, which is mainly a fertile region along river valleys.

The mountainous ridges arching through the left side of the image are part of the North West Frontier Province. The province is largely located on the Iranian Plateau. The ridges visible here mark the peripheral junction between the Indian subcontinent and the Eurasian plate.

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