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Hajjar Mountains Parallel to Gulf of Oman Coast

23.6N 57.2E

December 1st, 2011 Category: Mountains

Saudi Arabia - November 22nd, 2011

Visible parallel to the coast in the lower half of the image are the dark brown Hajjar Mountains (Arabic for stone mountains), in northeastern Oman and the eastern United Arab Emirates. They constitute the highest mountain range in the eastern Arabian peninsula.

The mountains separate the low coastal plain of Oman from the high desert plateau, and lie 50–100 km inland from the Gulf of Oman coast. Clouds dot the skies over this coastal plain between the mountains and the gulf, and hang over the Gulf of Oman as well, but do not reach northward over Iran.

Phytoplankton Near Qatar and United Arab Emirates – November 28th, 2011

24.8N 51.9E

November 28th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton

Saudi Arabia - November 22nd, 2011

A teal green phytoplankton bloom colors the waters of the Persian Gulf, just offshore of Qatar (to the west), Saudi Arabia (to the south) and the United Arab Emirates (to the southeast). Many islands can be seen off the coast of the Emirates on the right side of the image.

Of particular note are the artificial Palm Islands and World Archipelago, visible at the far right in the full image. The Palm Islands are an artificial archipelago in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on which major commercial and residential infrastructures will be constructed. Each settlement will be in the shape of a palm tree, topped with a crescent, and will have a large number of residential, leisure and entertainment centers.

The World or World Islands is an artificial archipelago of various small islands constructed in the rough shape of a world map, located 4.0 kilometres (2.5 mi) off the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The World islands are composed mainly of sand dredged from Dubai’s shallow coastal waters, and are one of several artificial island developments in Dubai.

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.

Dust Over Oman and the Hajjar Mountains

23.3N 57.0E

July 12th, 2011 Category: Dust Storms

Oman - July 4th, 2011

Dust from the Arabian Peninsula spreads across Oman (left) and over the Gulf of Oman (above) and the Arabian Sea. The dust reaches Iran (top edge) and also veils the United Arab Emirates (upper left).

Visible through the veil of dust, parallel to the coast, are the Hajjar Mountains. They are located in northeastern Oman and also the eastern United Arab Emirates, and are the highest mountain range in the eastern Arabian peninsula. They separate the low coastal plain of Oman from the high desert plateau, and lie 50–100 km inland from the Gulf of Oman coast.

Dust Off Shores of Arabian Peninsula

21.5N 54.4E

July 4th, 2011 Category: Dust Storms

Persian Gulf - June 21st, 2011

Some dust can be seen blowing in the air south of the Arabian Peninsula, off the coasts of Yemen (lower left) and Oman (center right). Some dust can also be observed off the shores of the United Arab Emirates in the upper left quadrant.

Visible in the upper part of the image is a segment of the shoreline of Iran, separated from the peninsula at its narrowest point by the Strait of Hormuz. The strait also links the Persian Gulf (west) to the Gulf of Oman (east).