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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.

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.

Strait of Hormuz Between Gulf of Oman and Persian Gulf

26.6N 56.5E

May 22nd, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Iran and Arabian Peninsula - April 28th, 2010

Iran and Arabian Peninsula - April 28th, 2010

The Strait of Hormuz is a channel linking the Persian Gulf (west) with the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea (southeast). The strait is 35 to 60 mi (55 to 95 km) wide and separates Iran (north) from the Arabian Peninsula (south).

It contains the islands of Qeshm (Qishm), Hormuz, and Hengām (Henjām) and is of great strategic and economic importance, especially as oil tankers collecting from various ports on the Persian Gulf must pass through the strait.

Qeshm Island Off the Southern Coast of Iran – January 15th, 2010

26.9N 56.2E

January 15th, 2010 Category: Image of the day

Iran - December 14th, 2009

Iran - December 14th, 2009

This orthorectified image shows the island of Qeshm situated in the Strait of Hormuz, and separated from mainland Iran by the Clarence Strait (locally known as Khuran) in the Persian Gulf. The island is located a few kilometers off the southern coast of Iran, opposite the port cities of Bandar Abbas and Bandar Khamir.

The island, which hosts a 300 square kilometer free zone jurisdiction, is 135 km long and spans 40 kilometers at its widest point, located near the center of the island. At its narrowest point, the island is only 9.4 kilometers across. The island has a surface are of 1491 square kilometers.