29 Dec '13, 11pm

United Arab Emirates at Night: The human landscape of Arabian cities stands out clearly when you see the lights.

United Arab Emirates at Night: The human landscape of Arabian cities stands out clearly when you see the lights.

Geographers like night images of cities because you see immediately so much about the human landscape—things that are difficult or impossible to see in day images. You see where the cities are located and their shape; the brightest light clusters frequently indicate the city centers. In images with a large field of view, you can also see the position and size of cities relative to one another. In this photograph taken by an astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS), the largest cluster of lights is the conurbation (“joined cities”) of Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman, with its smaller neighbor Abu Dhabi. These cities of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) front onto the Persian Gulf (also known as the Arabian Gulf), and the lights cut off abruptly at the coastline. The bright city centers are located at the coast, indicating that sea trade has been important to the growth of these ...

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