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The Saidmarreh Landslide
March 29, 2014 |

The Saidmarreh Landslide in western Iran is one of the largest landslides in the world. It occurred about 10,000 years ago when about 5 cubic miles of limestone detached along bedding planes and slipped down the north flank of the Kabir Kuh anticline. The slide debris had a run-out distance of over 9 miles. It can be clearly seen on satellite images today.

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Qatar Oil and Gas Report
February 11, 2014 | Energy Information Administration

“Qatar is the largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the world, and the country’s exports of LNG, crude oil, and petroleum products provide a significant portion of government revenues.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration country analysis report.

Protecting Holy Land Sites from Earthquakes
January 23, 2014 | The Washington Post

The Washington Post has an article that explains how the Holy Land is vulnerable to powerful earthquakes and efforts that might help protect historical structures.

Snow in the Middle East?
December 17, 2013 | NASA's Earth Observatory

NASA’s Earth Observatory has a satellite image showing snow on the ground from a recent storm in the Middle East. Jerusalem had over one foot of snow, knocking out power for thousands of households. Amman, Jordan received about eighteen inches.

UAE Oil and Natural Gas Report
December 6, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

“The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of the 10 largest oil and natural gas producers in the world, and is a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF). In 2012, the UAE produced 2.8 million barrels per day of crude oil and condensates, the fourth highest total in OPEC.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration.

Is Shale Oil a Flash in the Pan?
November 17, 2013 | New York Times

A New York Times article reports that projections in the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook see oil from shale declining by the mid-2020s and traditional oil suppliers in the Middle East returning to importance.

Natural Gas Flaring from Space
October 30, 2013 |

We have posted views of Earth from NASA’s Suomi satellite that show night illumination and natural gas flaring for oil industry sites in the Bakken Formation, Eagle Ford Shale, Alaska North Slope, United States Gulf, Mexican Gulf, Venezuela Orinoco Field, Brazil offshore basins, North Sea, North Africa onshore, west Africa offshore, and Persian Gulf.

Oman Oil and Natural Gas Report
October 12, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

Oman is the largest oil and natural gas producer in the Middle East that is not a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. [...] A report published by the U.S. Geological Survey in 2012 stated that the estimated mean undiscovered energy resources in the South Oman Salt Basin—located in the southern part of the country—totaled more than 370 million barrels of oil, 315 billion cubic feet of natural gas, and over 40 million barrels of natural gas liquids.

Sinkhole Photos – Wow!
July 30, 2013 | The Atlantic

This has to be the most impressive collection of sinkhole photos ever assembled.

M7.8 Earthquake in Iran
April 16, 2013 | CNN

USGS reports that a magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred in Iran at about 3:14 local time. A BBC article reports on how the earthquake was felt in various parts of the Middle East.

Israel as a Natural Gas Exporter?
March 31, 2013 | Jerusalem Post

A large natural gas discovery off the coast of Israel is now delivering its first gas. This gives Israel enough gas for domestic use and an export policy dilemma.

Saudi Arabia: Oil and Natural Gas Report
February 15, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

“Saudi Arabia has almost one-fifth of the world’s proven oil reserves, and it is the largest producer and exporter of total petroleum liquids in the world. Saudi Arabia has the world’s fifth largest natural gas reserves, but natural gas production remains limited.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration country report.

Freshwater Losses in the Middle East
February 15, 2013 | NASA

“A new study using data from a pair of gravity-measuring NASA satellites finds that large parts of the arid Middle East region lost freshwater reserves rapidly during the past decade.” Quoted from the NASA press release.

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