Red Sea: Suez Bay
Orbit 33850 (ascending) Frame 585 October 10, 2001 20:12 GMT
Image shows ships and slicks, all present in high number in the Suez Bay.
It is the northern part of the Red Sea, with the
isthmus of Suez and, below, the Ataqa mountains to the West, and the Sinai peninsula to the East.
At top: located at the southern terminus of the Suez Canal at
the head of the Gulf of Suez, the Egyptian city of Suez
functions primarily as a harbour and trade centre, with its
two ports, Bur Ibrahim and Bur Tawfiq, and with several
petrochemical facilities and oil refineries. (Oil prospecting started in Egypt
in 1868 when oil was discovered in ''Gamasa'').
In addition to quite a lot of off-shore fields, on-shore fields can
be found on the eastern banks of the Gulf. Pipelines running in
parallel to the Suez Canal and forming a thick grid can be detected top right.
Click on the circled areas above to see high-resolution details of this image.
Keywords: ESA European
Space Agency - Agence spatiale europeenne,
observation de la terre, earth observation,
satellite remote sensing,
teledetection, geophysique, altimetrie, radar,
chimique atmospherique, geophysics, altimetry, radar,