new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white
Empty Quarter | by NASA Goddard Photo and Video
Back to photostream

Empty Quarter

Empty Quarter - February 1st, 20003

 

Description: White pinpricks of cloud cast ebony shadows on the Rub' al Khali, or Empty Quarter, near the border between Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The lines of wind-sculpted sand are characteristic of immense sand deserts, or sand seas, and the Rub' al Khali is the largest desert of this type in the world. A highland ridge is just high enough to disturb the flow of the lines. In the center of that interruption lies the Saudi Arabian town of Sharurah.

 

Credit: USGS/NASA/Landsat 7

 

To learn more about the Landsat satellite go to: landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/

 

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center enables NASA’s mission through four scientific endeavors: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Solar System Exploration, and Astrophysics. Goddard plays a leading role in NASA’s accomplishments by contributing compelling scientific knowledge to advance the Agency’s mission.

 

Follow us on Twitter

 

Join us on Facebook

22,080 views
58 faves
2 comments
Taken on November 16, 2010