The Dhofar Difference #

The Dhofar Difference
Image courtesy of USGS., under PD
Much of Oman is desert, but the Arabian Sea coast in the Dhofar region represents a startling difference in climate shown in this false-color satellite image. This coastal region catches the monsoon rains, or Khareef, during the summer months.

Drenching rains fall primarily on the mountainous ridge that separates the lush, fertile areas (in green) along the coast from the arid interior (in pink), recharging streams, waterfalls, and springs that provide plentiful water supplies in the fertile lowlands for the remainder of the year.