Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Erg

Waves of Sand Dunes, near Al Ain, UAE  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
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Like a storm tossed sea, tall waves of sand dunes pitch into the distance outside the city of Al Ain. This picture is a hint of what the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Desert must look like. The Rub' al Kahli extends from the UAE into Saudi Arabia, Oman and Yemen, and is the largest sand desert in the world. 

This image was taken from camelback while passing through the desert near sundown. Taking pictures from a moving camel is a bit like being on a storm tossed sea... a constant rocking up and down motion. 

Erg is a geological term derived from the Arabic erq
meaning "a vast desert landscape".

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