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Dust Storm in Southern Arabian Peninsula

18.6N 50.2E

April 12th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Arabian Peninsula – April 7th, 2013

Dust, likely originating in the Rub al’Khali Desert, blows about the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula, particularly over Yemen, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. The Rub’ al Khali, or Empty Quarter, is the largest sand desert in the world, encompassing most of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula with its 650,000 square kilometres (250,000 sq mi) in area.

Dust from Rub al’Khali Desert Over the Persian Gulf – March 15th, 2013

23.8N 52.0E

March 15th, 2013 Category: Deserts, Dust Storms, Image of the day

Persian Gulf – March 6, 2013

Dust blows northward off the coast of the Arabian Peninsula and over the Persian Gulf. The plume appears to originate in the Rub al’Khali, a sandy desert in the southern part of the peninsula, and blow northwards across southeastern Saudi Arabia, then eastwards, east of Qatar and along the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

The “Empty Quarter” of the Arabian Peninsula

20.4N 45.7E

February 20th, 2013 Category: Deserts

Saudi Arabia – February 19th, 2013

The Rub’ al Khali or Empty Quarter is the largest sand desert in the world, encompassing 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 desert 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 usually reddish-orange color in some areas due to the presence of feldspar. However, here, its sands appear bright whitish tan in color here due to the infrared bands of the sensor used to capture the image. There are also brackish salt flats in some areas, such as the Umm al Samim area on the desert’s eastern edge.

Rows of Dust Over Gulf of Oman – December 31st, 2012

24.8N 58.9E

December 31st, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

India and Pakistan – December 28th, 2012

Dust blows off the coast of Iran in long, parallel rows, across the Gulf  of Oman, to the Arabian Peninsula (click here for more images). The dust remains east of the Strait of Hormuz; to the west, sediments can be seen in the Persian Gulf lining the coast of the United Arab Emirates and west of the island of Qeshm.

Dust Over Persian Gulf, Between Iran and United Arab Emirates

24.6N 51.4E

May 1st, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Persian Gulf - April 28th, 2012

A thick cloud of dust blows over the Persian Gulf, seeming to originate in Iran, to the north, and reaching across the gulf to Qatar (lower left corner) and the United Arab Emirates (below center and right). A smaller amount of dust can be seen in and around the island of Qeshm Strait of Hormuz, near the right edge.

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