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Sediments in the Persian Gulf – January 17th, 2010

26.9N 51.5E

January 17th, 2010 Category: Image of the day

Persian Gulf - January 6th, 2010

Persian Gulf - January 6th, 2010

The Persian Gulf, in the Southwest Asian region, is an extension of the Indian Ocean located between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula. The Gulf has many good fishing grounds, extensive coral reefs, and abundant pearl oysters, but its ecology has come under pressure from industrialization, and in particular, petroleum spillages during the recent wars in the region.

This inland sea of some 251,000 km² is connected to the Gulf of Oman in the east by the Strait of Hormuz; and its western end is marked by the major river delta of the Shatt al-Arab, which carries the waters of the Euphrates and the Tigris.  Here, sediments can be seen pouring into the Gulf from that delta.

The length of the Persian Gulf is 989 kilometres, with Iran covering most of the northern coast and Saudi Arabia most of the southern coast. The Persian Gulf is about 56 kilometres wide at its narrowest, in the Strait of Hormuz. The waters are overall very shallow, with a maximum depth of 90 metres and an average depth of 50 metres.

Countries with a coastline on the Persian Gulf are (clockwise, from the north): Iran, Oman (exclave of Musandam), United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar on a peninsula off the Saudi coast, Bahrain on an island, Kuwait and Iraq in the northwest. Various small islands lie within the Persian Gulf, some of which are subject to territorial disputes by the states of the region.

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.

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