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Dust Plume Blowing Due East Off Arabian Peninsula – March 25th, 2012

20.5N 56.1E

March 25th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Dust Over Arabian Peninsula - March 21st, 2012

In the lower part of this image, dust blows off the coasts of Yemen and Oman, forming a plume that spreads horizontally over the Arabian Sea. In the upper part of the image, a veil of dust blows off the coasts of Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, northwards across the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman, towards Iran. (Click here for previous images of this dust storm that has been afflicting the region over the past week).

Dust and Phytoplankton in Persian Gulf – March 6th, 2012

27.0N 51.3E

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

Persian Gulf - March 5th, 2012

Dust blows over the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab River, at the northern end of the Persian Gulf, by the border between Iran and Iraq, and near Kuwait. It can also be seen blowing off the coast of Iran, further to the east, north of Qatar.

Visible in the Gulf itself is a large phytoplankton bloom, that stretches along the coast of the United Arab Emirates from the Strait of Hormuz (right edge) to Qatar (center). Phytoplankton blooms in the gulf are often fed by nutrients from sediments that enter the gulf from the Arabian Peninsula mainland. This bloom is more blue in color to the east and more green to the west, indicating different concentrations and/or species of phytoplankton.

Dust Reaching from Arabian Peninsula to Iran

23.5N 52.0E

March 4th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Dust by Arabian Peninsula - March 3rd, 2012

Dust blows off the coast of the Arabian Peninsula, over the Persian Gulf (left), the Strait of Hormuz (center) and the Gulf of Oman (right). The dust reaches more or less from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (below), across the bodies of water to Iran (above). Dust storms in the Arabian Peninsula and Sahara Desert are some of the most common.

This storm likely draws at least some of its dust from the Arabian Peninsula’s Empty Quarter, or Rub’ al Khali. Sprawling over parts of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates, Rub’ al Khali is the largest sand sea on Earth, and it holds about half as much sand as the Sahara Desert.

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.

Artificial Islands Off Coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates – February 1st, 2012

25.1N 55.1E

February 1st, 2012 Category: Image of the day

United Arab Emirates - January 19th, 2012

An artificial island or man-made island is an island or archipelago that has been constructed by people rather than formed by natural means. They are created by expanding existing islets, construction on existing reefs, or amalgamating several natural islets into a bigger island.

In modern times artificial islands are usually formed by land reclamation. Dubai is home to several artificial islands projects, including the three Palm Islands projects, The World and the Dubai Waterfront. Only the Palm Jumeirah is inhabited so far. Visible here along the coast, from southwest to northeast, are the artificial islands of the Palm Jebel Ali, Palm Jumeirah and World Archipelagos.