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Wadi As-Sirhan, Saudi Arabia
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Wadi As-Sirhan, Saudi Arabia

 (JPG) Wadi As-Sirhan, Saudi Arabia (1,298,039 bytes) ( 2,201 x 3,900 )
Tapping into fossil ground water, Saudi Arabia has been steadily developing agricultural fields using center pivot irrigation. A remarkable example is in the Wadi As-Sirhan Basin in northwest Saudi Arabia. In the 1984 Landsat image (top), no fields are yet present. By 2000, ASTER showed extensive farming activity (middle); vegetation is bright red. And by 2011, the ASTER image shows several areas where wall-to-wall fields were developed, each about 1 km in diameter (bottom). The images cover an area of 19.5 x 33 km, and are located at 30.5 degrees north latitude, 38 degrees east longitude.

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Wadi As-Sirhan, Saudi Arabia Wadi As-Sirhan, Saudi Arabia
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and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team

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