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January 17, 2006
This ASAR Wide-Swath radar image is centered over the Qatari (center image) peninsula into the Persian Gulf from Saudi Arabia.

Much of the country is a low, barren plain, covered with sand. To the southeast is the spectacular Khor al Adaid or 'Inland Sea', an area of rolling sand dunes surrounding an inlet of the Gulf. The highest point in Qatar is found in the Jebel Dukhan to the west, a range of low limestone outcrops running north-south from Zikrit through Umm Bab to the southern border, and reaching about 90m asl.

This area also contains Qatar's main onshore oil deposits, while the natural gas fields are offshore, to the northwest of the peninsula.

To north-west of Qatar is located Bahrain Island, where the city of Manama is visible as a large bright area. Two bridges are visible, one to the east connecting the city of Manama to Bahrain airport, and one on the west connecting to the city of Dhahran on the mainland. Dhahran is readily identifiable as the large bright area just north of the bridge.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Envisat
  • Instrument: ASAR
  • Acquisition: 23-Feb-2005
  • Orbit nr: 15605
  • Center coordinates: lat. 23.99, lon. 51.36

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