Commons Treasures: Sands as far as one can see

Today’s image gets us to Rub’ al-Khali (الربع الخالي‎), or Empty Quarter in English. This immensity of sands covers Saudi Arabia, Oman, the UAE and Yemen. There are amazing images from this place on Wikimedia Commons originating from the NASA, individuals and famous adventurers such as Wilfred Thesiger who crossed the desert several times. Some of his originial images are available on the Arabic page for Rub’ al-Khali.

Learn more: the Saudi Geological Survey went on a field trip in 2006 to study and document Rub’ al-Khali, and two adventurers crossed the sea of sands a few years ago. They recount their trip and have also produced a documentary about the adventure.

Image by Nepenthes (Own work), licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons
Image by Nepenthes (Own work), licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons

And because it is just beautiful and impressive:

Rub' al Khali sand dunes imaged by Terra (EOS AM-1). Image by NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team. Image in the Public Domain on Wikimedia Commons
Rub’ al Khali sand dunes imaged by Terra (EOS AM-1). Image by NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team. Image in the Public Domain on Wikimedia Commons

(source 1, source 2)

 
Posted on: April 28, 2015, by :