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Lava Fields and Flows Near Western Coastal Escarpment of Saudi Arabia

23.0N 41.2E

December 3rd, 2011 Category: Mountains, Volcanoes

Saudi Arabia - November 22nd, 2011

On the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia there is a narrow coastal plain, known as the Tihamah, parallel to which runs an imposing escarpment. The western coastal escarpment is composed of two mountain ranges, the Hijaz and the Asir, with a gap between them near the middle of the peninsula’s coastline.

Visible beyond this escarpment are several brown lava fields and dark brown lava flows. The Harrat Kishb, a 5,892 km2 lava field containing many volcanic cones, can be observed around two dark brown lava flows located close to each other.

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