Sand dunes from space, Saudi Arabia

Sand dunes from space, Saudi Arabia

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Credit: US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: False-colour satellite image of sand dunes in the Rub al Khali - the "Empty Quarter", one of the World's most extreme deserts. Located between Oman and South Yemen to the south and southern Saudi Arabia to the north, the Rub al Khali occupies a region measuring 1300km by 500km. This desert supports few plants or animals and no permanent human settlements; its major features are long ridges of dry wind-blown sand (sief dunes, yellow). Futher to the east (right), the formations change to a star-dune pattern. The blue areas represent wetter, more low-lying sand. The image was recorded by the Landsat earth resources mapping satellite.

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Keywords: arabian desert, desert landscape, dunes, empty quarter, environment, from space, geography, landsat image, landsat imagery, pattern, repeated, rub al khali, sand dune, satellite imagery, saudi arabia, yellow

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