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Dust Over Tigris and Euphrates Valley, Iraq – January 18th, 2013

33.3N 44.4E

January 18th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Iraq – January 11th, 2013

Dust blows down the valley around the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, in Iraq, and towards the Persian Gulf. Some dust spreads over the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab, formed by the convergence of the aforementioned riers, and over the gulf. The bulk of the dust does not appear to be engulfing Baghdad, which is visible as a grey area southeast of the teardrop-shaped Lake Tharthar near the left edge, although it can be seen just north of the city.

Dust Storm Over Middle East and Persian Gulf

29.7N 47.8E

January 9th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Persian Gulf – January 8th, 2013

A dust storm blows across the Middle East and over the northern part of the Persian Gulf. Here, despite the thick sand obscuring the ground below, the borders of Iran, Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia can be seen in grey due to the use of the Chelys Satellite Rapid Response System (SRRS) “borders” feature. Kuwait is being particularly affected by the storm, and its Meteorology Department has warned residents to expect high winds and low visibility.

Shrinking Shatt al-Arab Delta, Iraq and Iran

30.4N 47.8E

December 22nd, 2012 Category: Wetlands

Iraq and Iran – December 17th, 2012

Visible in the upper left quadrant of this image is the delta of the Shatt al-Arab, is a river in Southwest Asia of some 200 km (120 mi) in length, formed by the confluence of the Euphrates and the Tigris Rivers in southern Iraq. The southern end of the river constitutes the border between Iraq and Iran down to the mouth of the river as it discharges into the Persian Gulf.

The fertile lands in and around the delta have shrunk since the late 1970s due to bilateral negligence and water mining. In Iraq, marsh drainage during Saddam Hussein’s rule began an environmental catastrophe, and since the USA invasion of Iraq, there has been very little action on water management front. Iran has also instituted an active damming policy on Karun river, making for a drastic reduction in water flow for Shatt al-Arab and a rise of salinity levels.

Sediments by Mouth of Shatt al-Arab and Irrigated Fields by Karun River, Iran and Iraq – November 30th, 2012

31.3N 48.6E

November 30th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

Iraq – November 30th, 2012

This image shows the Shatt al-Arab, a river in Southwest Asia of some 200 km (120 mi) in length, formed by the confluence of the Euphrates and the Tigris in southern Iraq. The southern end of the river constitutes the border between Iraq and Iran down to the mouth of the river as it discharges into the Persian Gulf.

The Karun river, a tributary which joins the waterway from the Iranian side, deposits large amounts of silt into the river; this necessitates continuous dredging to keep it navigable. Here, this silt is clearly visible in the northern reaches of the gulf.

Also of note are rectangular areas of irrigated fields south of the Iranian city of Ahwaz. Ahwaz is built on the banks of the Karun River and is situated in the middle of Khūzestān Province.

Dust Spreading from Iran Over Persian Gulf

29.4N 49.6E

September 22nd, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Persian Gulf – September 1st, 2012

A plume of dust blows off the coast of Iran, near the border with Iraq, and over the Persian Gulf. Dust can also be observed blowing off the coast of Iran on the right side of the image, over the southern part of the gulf.