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Sediments in Persian Gulf – December 26th, 2010

27.2N 50.8E

December 26th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Sediments

Iran - December 22nd, 2010

Sediments from the Shatt al’Arab, the river created by the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, give the waters in the upper part of the Persian Gulf a cloudy, greenish appearance.

Greenish sediments can also be noted off the coast of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, in the lower part of the gulf by the southern shores, and between Iran and the island of Qeshm by the northern shores.

Greenish Sediments Entering Persian Gulf – December 2nd, 2010

28.4N 49.4E

December 2nd, 2010 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Rivers

Persian Gulf - November 28th, 2010

In this image greenish sediments can be seen entering the Persian Gulf from the Shatt al’Arab, the river created by the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.

The countries located around the Persian Gulf are Iran, to the north, showing various ridges of mountains, Iraq and Kuwait on the northwestern end of the gulf, and Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates on the Arabian Peninsula to the south. The peninsula is mostly arid and large parts are covered in sandy desert.

Sediments from Shatt al-Arab Entering Persian Gulf by Iraq – October 22nd, 2010

29.9N 48.7E

October 22nd, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

Iraq - October 13th, 2010

Sediments pour through the channels of the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab, the river created by the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates, and into the Persian Gulf. These sediments appear tan closest to the rivermouth, then take on a greenish blue hue as they mix with the gulf waters and become diluted.

In the full image, some sand can also be seen blowing above the river and over the gulf. It is easiest to observe slightly further inland, as it and the sediments share a similar color and are thus difficult to distinguish.

Sediments from Shatt al-Arab in Persian Gulf

27.0N 51.0E

August 22nd, 2010 Category: Rivers

Persian Gulf - August 4th, 2010

Sediments from the river delta of the Shatt al-Arab, which carries the waters of the Euphrates and the Tigris Rivers, can be seen flowing into the western end of the Persian Gulf.

While Iraq and Kuwait are located by this western end, the lower shoreline visible here belongs mostly to Saudi Arabia and the upper shoreline to Iran. The peninsula on which Qatar is situated is partially covered by clouds. The terrain to the south appears low and sandy, while hills are visible to the north upon moving further inland.

Dust Over Red Sea and Arabian Peninsula

20.2N 48.7E

July 10th, 2010 Category: Dust Storms

Arabian Peninsula - June 30th, 2010

Arabian Peninsula - June 30th, 2010

Dust over Red Sea

Dust over Red Sea

Dust blows over and around the Arabian Peninsula. Some can be seen in the air above the Persian Gulf (top), while a denser concentration is visible over the Red Sea (bottom left and close-up) and the Gulf of Aden (bottom center).

It is common to see airborne dust in this area, due to the arid climate of the Arabian Peninsula, Iran and the Sahara Desert in Africa. Such dust storms arise when a gust front blows loose sand and dust from a dry surface.

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