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Dust Blowing Over Red Sea and Yemen-Saudi Arabia Border

18.7N 46.1E

May 26th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Red Sea - May 23rd, 2012

Dust can be seen blowing over the border between Saudi Arabia and Yemen on the right side of this image. The dust is likely from the Rub’ al Khali, the largest sand desert in the world, encompassing most of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula. Dust can also be seen blowing across the Red Sea, near the Egypt-Sudan border, on the left side of the image.

 

Dust Storm Over Arabian Peninsula – May 9th, 2012

24.7N 41.7E

May 9th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Saudi Arabia - May 8th, 2012

Persian Gulf

The main image shows dust blowing over part of Saudi Arabia, east of the Red Sea. The dust is likely from the Rub al Khali Desert, which occupies a great part of the Arabian Peninsula. The detail image shows dust blowing over the Persian Gulf, from the Arabian Peninsula towards Iraq (top left) and Iran (upper right).

Dust Blowing About Rub’ al Khali, Arabian Peninsula

18.7N 45.2E

March 20th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Dust Over Arabian Peninsula - March 18th, 2012

Fierce winds kick up dust over the Arabian Peninsula, in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Oman. The dust is blowing about the Rub’ al Khali, one of the largest sand deserts in the world, encompassing most of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula.

The desert covers some 650,000 square kilometres (250,000 sq mi). It is 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) long, and 500 kilometres (310 mi) wide. Its surface elevation varies from 800 metres (2,600 ft) in the southwest to around sea level in the northeast. The terrain is covered with sand dunes with heights up to 250 metres (820 ft), interspersed with gravel and gypsum plains.

Reddish-Orange Sands of Rub’ al Khali Desert, Arabian Peninsula – November 15th, 2011

21.7N 51.9E

November 15th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Image of the day

Saudi Arabia - November 14th, 2011

The Rub’ al Khali, meaning “Empty Quarter” in Arabic, is one of the largest sand deserts in the world. It encompasses most of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula, including most of Saudi Arabia and areas of Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

The desert covers some 650,000 square kilometres (250,000 sq mi) (the area between long. 44°30′ −56°30′E., and lat. 16°30′ −23°00′N). It is 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) long, and 500 kilometres (310 mi) wide. Its surface elevation varies from 800 metres (2,600 ft) in the southwest to around sea level in the northeast.

The terrain is covered with sand dunes with heights up to 250 metres (820 ft), interspersed with gravel and gypsum plains. The sand is a reddish-orange color, particularly in the southern and southeastern parts as can be observed in this image, due to the presence of feldspar.

Arid Geography of Saudi Arabia, From Persian Gulf to Red Sea

23.4N 44.1E

November 11th, 2011 Category: Deserts

Saudi Arabia - November 8th, 2011

Saudi Arabia’s geography is dominated by the Arabian Desert and associated semi-desert and shrubland. It is, in fact, a number of linked deserts and includes the 647,500 km2 (250,001 sq mi) Rub’ al Khali (“Empty Quarter”) in the southern part of the country (visible upon opening the full image), the world’s largest sand desert.

The main topographical feature is the central plateau which rises abruptly from the Red Sea and gradually descends into the Nejd and toward the Persian Gulf (upper right quadrant). Sediments from the Shatt al-Arab River can be seen entering the northern part of the gulf.

On the Red Sea coast (visible in the lower part of the full image), there is a narrow coastal plain, known as the Tihamah parallel to which runs an imposing escarpment.

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