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Sediments by Mouth of Shatt al-Arab and Irrigated Fields by Karun River, Iran and Iraq – November 30th, 2012

31.3N 48.6E

November 30th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

Iraq – November 30th, 2012

This image shows the Shatt al-Arab, a river in Southwest Asia of some 200 km (120 mi) in length, formed by the confluence of the Euphrates and the Tigris in southern Iraq. The southern end of the river constitutes the border between Iraq and Iran down to the mouth of the river as it discharges into the Persian Gulf.

The Karun river, a tributary which joins the waterway from the Iranian side, deposits large amounts of silt into the river; this necessitates continuous dredging to keep it navigable. Here, this silt is clearly visible in the northern reaches of the gulf.

Also of note are rectangular areas of irrigated fields south of the Iranian city of Ahwaz. Ahwaz is built on the banks of the Karun River and is situated in the middle of Khūzestān Province.

Dust Plume Blows Due South from Iran Over Persian Gulf

29.7N 49.2E

September 6th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Persian Gulf – September 1st, 2012

A plume of dust blows off the coast of Iran, east of the mouth of the Shatt al’Arab and the border with Iraq. The dust blows almost due south over the Persian Gulf. Visible along the shores of the gulf are sediments, particularly by the rivermouth, but also along the western shoreline by the Kuwait-Saudi Arabia border.

Two Dust Plumes Between Iraq and Kuwait

29.6N 46.5E

July 17th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Iraq and Kuwait – July 13th, 2012

Two plumes of dust can be seen blowing between Kuwait and the valley by the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, in Iraq. The plume of dust to the west is lighter – almost white in color – and wider, while the plume to the east is the same tan color as the surrounding desert and narrower. Visible by the river edge, in the Persian Gulf, are sediments near the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab.

Veil of Dust Over Persian Gulf

30.1N 47.7E

July 10th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Persian Gulf – July 7th, 2012

Dust sweeps southward from Iraq (upper left) and Iran (upper right) over the Persian Gulf. A plume is also visible inland, following an almost diagonal path, by the Iraq-Saudi Arabia-Kuwait border. Visible through the veil of dust over the Persian Gulf are sediments by the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab and along much of the lower coastline.

Multi-colored Dust Plumes Over Iraq and Kuwait – July 6th, 2012

30.1N 47.9E

July 6th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Dust Over Iraq – July 5th, 2012

Several thick plumes of dust blow over Iraq and Kuwait, covering much of the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab, and out over the Persian Gulf. Three distinct colors can be seen in the plumes, due to the type of dust and sand blowing about: two light tan plumes above and below, with a darker and slightly more orange plume between them. Visible in the full image is a phytoplankton bloom, probably encouraged by minerals from sediments, around Qatar.