F/col Landsat image of sand dunes in Rub-al-Khali

F/col Landsat image of sand dunes in Rub-al-Khali

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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). The dry sand appears yellow in this false-colour image. This particular image is of a section near the border of Saudi & South Yemen, & was recorded by the Landsat earth resources mapping satellite on 2nd December, 1972.

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Keywords: arabian desert, desert landscape, empty quarter, environment, from space, geography, landsat image, landsat imagery, rub al khali

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