Archive "Gulf"

How Did Geographers Help in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil-Spill Cleanup?

ON APRIL 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the northern Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers, injured 17 others, and initiated the most disastrous oil spill in U.S. history. For the next 86 days, oil gushed into the Gulf. This oil spill is an example of a complex problem with […]

Persian Gulf

Persian Gulf

THE COUNTRIES BOUNDING the Persian Gulf include OMAN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, QATAR (a peninsula off the SAUDI ARABIA coast), BAHRAIN (an island), Saudi Arabia, KUWAIT, IRAQ, and in the north, IRAN. The Persian Gulf is an arm of the ARABIAN SEA extending some 600 mi (970 km) from east to west. It covers an area […]

Gulf of Aqaba

THE GULF OF AQABA is the north arm of the RED SEA; it is bordered by ISRAEL, JORDAN, EGYPT, and SAUDI ARABIA. Created by seismic activity along the Afro-Syrian Rift, it is the northernmost extension of the Red Sea. It is a semi-enclosed water body that extends south some 111 mi (180 km) from Eilat […]