Satellite View Of Wadi Rum
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Satellite view of Wadi Rum in southwestern Jordan. Mountains of granite and sandstone rise next to valleys filled with red sand in southwestern Jordan. Some of the mountains reach a height of about 5,600 feet above sea level, and many have near-vertical slopes. So alien is this landscape, it’s nicknamed Valley of the Moon. The scene includes part of Wadi Rum and an adjacent area to the east. East of the protected area, fields with center-pivot irrigation make circles of green and brown (image upper right). As the earth tones throughout the image attest, the area is naturally arid, receiving little annual precipitation and supporting only sparse vegetation. Between rocky peaks, the sandy valleys range in color from beige to brick. Ancient granite rocks dating from the Precambrian underlie younger rocks, and some of these basement rocks have eroded into rugged, steep-sloped mountains. The granite mountains have risen thanks partly to crisscrossing fault lines under the park. Overlying the granite are sandstones from the Cambrian and Ordovician Periods, as well as loose sands.
December 7th, 2011
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