Phenomena

An Oasis Among Dunes

Astronaut image of Jubbah.

The Saudi Arabian oasis of Jubbah sits in the bed of an ancient lake. It’s protected from the westerly winds that sculpt the surrounding dunes by the wind shadow of the mountain Jabel Umm Sinman. The long, skinny shape of the settlement reveals the shape of the mountain’s wake! (Image credit: NASA; via NASA Earth Observatory)

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