MISR Views the Middle East
April 2, 2003
This image, generated using 16 orbits of MISR data collected between August 16 and August 30, 2000, takes us to the cradle of many civilizations. At the northern tip of the Red Sea, the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba frame the sandy deserts and spectacular mountains of the Sinai Peninsula. The highest peaks are Gebel Katherina (Mountain of St. Catherine, 2637 meters) and Gebel Musa (Mountain of Moses, also known as Mount Sinai, 2285 meters). To the northeast, Israel and Jordan flank the Dead Sea, one of the saltiest inland water bodies in the world. At its northern edge is Qumran, where the ancient Scrolls were discovered; the city of Jerusalem lies about 30 kilometers to the west.
Topics: Hospitality Recreation, Environment, Red Sea, Geography, Asia, Mount Catherine, Qumran, Gulf of Suez, Gulf of Aqaba, Suez Canal, Fertile Crescent, Western Asia, Great Rift Valley, Sinai