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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.

Sandstorms Over Dubai, United Arab Emirates – March 2nd, 2010

25.2N 55.3E

March 2nd, 2010 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

United Arab Emirates - February 26th, 2010

United Arab Emirates - February 26th, 2010

United Arab Emirates - February 25th, 2010

United Arab Emirates - February 25th, 2010

Strong winds caused sandstorms in the United Arab Emirates on Thursday and Friday, causing problems for motorists on highways across the country. These storms struck both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, reducing visibility to a few hundred metres in some areas.

These images show dust spreading off the coast, from Qatar (left) to the Musandam Peninsula (right). Below the razor-straight dust plumes many islands are visible off the coast, including the artificial islands offshore of Dubai (Palm Jebel Ali, Palm Jumeirah, Palm Deira and The World Archipelago).

Oman, East of the United Arab Emirates

26.0N 56.2E

November 1st, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Oman and U.A.E - September 24th, 2009

Oman and U.A.E - September 24th, 2009

A vast gravel desert plain covers most of central Oman, with mountain ranges along the north (al Jebel al Akhdar) and southeast coast. Oman’s main cities are located by the mountains in this northern area, including the capital city Muscat.

Here, the mountain ranges appear dark brown, in contrast with the sandy color of much of the landscape to the south. Oman’s climate is hot and dry in the interior and humid along the coast.

The peninsula of Musandam (Musandem), which has a strategic location on the Strait of Hormuz, is separated from the rest of Oman by the United Arab Emirates and is thus an exclave. Here, the U.A.E can be seen to the left, their lands appearing lighter and yellower than the terrain of Oman to the east.

Moving across the Strait of Hormuz, the island of Qeshm can be seen off the coast of southern Iran. The part of Iran visible here is in Hormozgān Province, which has an area is 68475 km2 and 1000 km of coastline.

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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