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Cloud Streets Over Somalia and Sediments Near Djibouti

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January 27th, 2010 Category: Clouds

Somalia - January 6th, 2010

Somalia - January 6th, 2010

Upon opening the full version of this image of Somalia, it can be observed that the clouds partially veiling parts of the country are organized in parallel lines, a phenomenon known as cloud streets. Clouds also hug the peaks of the Surud Mountain Range near the northern coast, in the Maakhir region. Mount Shimbiris, the highest peak in Somalia, sits at an altitude of 2450 meters above sea level in this range.

Also visible near the coast in the full image is an outflow of sediments near the Djibouti border (upper left quadrant). These sediments are located near Zeila, a port city on the Gulf of Aden coast, situated in the Awdal region of Somalia. Zeila is surrounded on three sides by the sea. Landward, the country is unbroken desert for some fifty miles. It is known for its offshore islands, coral reef and mangroves.

Gulf of Aden – November 22nd, 2008

November 22nd, 2008 Category: Image of the day

Gulf of Aden - November 12th, 2008

Gulf of Aden - November 12th, 2008

We have here a clear view of the Gulf of Aden, located in the Arabian Sea between Yemen on the south coast of the Arabian Peninsula and Djibouti and Somalia in the Horn of Africa.

In the northwest, it connects with the Red Sea through the Bab-el-Mandeb strait. The main ports along the Gulf are Aden in Yemen, and Zeila, Berbera, and Bosaso in Somalia.

The Gulf of Aden is a vital waterway for shipping, especially for Persian Gulf oil, making it an integral waterway in the world economy. Approximately 11 percent of the world’s seaborne petroleum passes through the Gulf of Aden on its way to the Suez Canal or to regional refineries.

The temperature of the Gulf of Aden varies between 15 °C (59 °F) and 28 °C (82 °F), depending on the season and the appearance of monsoons.

The salinity of the Gulf at 10 metres (33 ft) depth varies from 35.3 ‰ along the eastern Somali coast to as high as 37.3 ‰ in the Gulf’s center.

A geologically young body of water, the Gulf of Aden has a unique biodiversity that contains many varieties of fish, coral, seabirds, and invertebrates.

This rich ecological diversity has benefited from a relative lack of pollution during the history of human habitation around the Gulf, but environmental groups fear that the lack of a coordinated effort to control pollution may jeopardize the Gulf’s ecosphere.

source Wikipedia