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Spacecraft nadir point: 23.9° N, 54.8° E

Photo center point: 24.0° N, 54.0° E

Nadir to Photo Center: West

Spacecraft Altitude: 138 nautical miles (256km)
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Image Caption: S39-71-088 -- OIL-POLLUTED BEACHES UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, SOUTHERN
PERSIAN GULF

The island in the middle of the frame is Al Jirab, 30 miles west of Abu Dhabi (all part of the United Arab Emirates) in the south- ern Persian Gulf. On the mainland beaches opposite the island, a thick and continuous black fringe of oil can be seen (line). If indeed this oil stems from damaged Kuwaiti offshore oil fields, the slick has been blown southwards fully 460 miles. The city of Tarif (T) has undoubtedly been affteced. Lighter brown slicks can be seen offshore. A causeway joins Al Jirab to the mainland (arrow). A dredged ship channel and associated islands can be seen west of the causeway (right of arrow).


Al Jirab Island, United Arab Emirates, in the Persian Gulf (24.0N, 54.0E) is an offshore oil tanker loading facility in the southern Persian Gulf. During the Gulf War in early 1991, drifting oil from the Kuwait Oil Fields, some 460 miles to the north, threatened the area. Seen as a dark blue floating mass as well as weathered patches of lighter brown, between the island and the mainland, the oil made its way into the channel, scaring the local beaches.