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Saudi Arabia : Tabūk

5.5 km (3.4 miles) WNW of Libāna (Island), Tabūk, Saudi Arabia
Approx. altitude: 0 m (0 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 25°S 143°W

Accuracy: 17 m (55 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View looking south, from just east of 25N 37E; water depth is about 200 m, and shallow reefs lie 400 m away, just out of view. #3: View looking west across the Red Sea, the Egypt coast lies 200 km distant. The back of Dream Island's upper deck is in the foreground with Saudi and Scuba Dive Flags fluttering in the gentle North breeze. #4: View looking north into the gentle wind and subdued seas #5: Snap from video of Garmin GPSmap 276C at Confluence: 24°59.991'N 37°00.001'E; Background shows a detailed portion of a Red Sea nautical chart and overlain ship's tracks from OziExplorer. #6: Scientific party (James, Karl, Pierre, Tom, Paul, David, Andy, Tubby, & Greg), crew (Jeff, Capt. Levi, Joe, Lanilo, Alex, Renan, & Sixto), chart with ship's tracks, snap from video of Garmin 276C, and M/V Dream Island. #7: 3D perspective view of the confluence area (red circle) and associated ship's tracks (in blue) from this coastal visit. #8: M/V Dream Island ship track posted on Garmin MapSource map; Track point listing of 24.99985°N 37.00001°E is highlighted in blue on the map.

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  25°N 37°E (visit #3)  

#1: View looking ESE, from just east of 25N 37E;  view from the M/V Dream Island navigation helm, with al-Hasāniyy Island 7 km distant.

(visited by Greg Gregory, Jeff Tolosa, Lanio Radil, Renan Maravilla, SixtoLeo Poldo, Levi Hernandiz, Alex Canon, Robert Tubbs, Andy Jollands, David Tang, Paul Lawrence, Tom Harland, Pierre VanLaer, Karl Leyrer, James VanderVyver and Joemarie Belano)

29-Nov-2007 -- We visited 25N 37E during the early part of our 170 km sea journey aboard M/V Dream Island, from the Saudi Red Sea port of Umm Lujj to the shallow reefs and islands of the northern Umm Lujj region, near al-Šaykh Mirbāṭ Island. This is our 3rd visit to 25N 37E.

We departed at dawn from the Umm Lujj Coast Guard station, and as the morning brightened, we gathered on the top deck under a clear blue sky and with calm sea conditions. We enjoyed viewing al-Ḥasāniyy Island and Libāna Islands, before veering west to navigate around the shallows of Ši`b al-Suflāniyy reef. Just north of Ši`b al-Suflāniyy, Captain Levi Hernandiz did his best to maintain a steady course bearing due East along 25N latitude. After about 40 minutes of travel at ~ 7 knots, we tagged 25N 37E, and congratulated the captain on his outstanding navigational skills. We took some quick video pictures of our surroundings, before turning North to continue our journey.

For the next 10 days we made numerous scuba dives along the deep reef margins, reef shallows, channels, and lagoonal areas, and also spent many hours transiting by foot across the islands and coastal areas. Our explorations of this largely pristine and lightly visited area were part of our study of carbonate reef, lagoon, sabkha, and near shore geologic processes. We hope that this beautiful area and many other scenic portions of the Red Sea coast can become protected areas to minimize developmental impact to the reefs and marine life.

On our return leg, we passed within 5 km of the Confluence, but opted to spend our available time paying a visit to nearby al-Ḥasāniyy Island, before returning to the the Umm Lujj Coast Guard Station.

A Garmin MapSource plot of our ship's tracks from our Garmin GPSmap 276C shows that we passed within a few meters of the Confluence, at 24.99985°N 37.00001°E. A still from video of the Garmin GPSmap 276C shows 24°59.991'N 37°00.001'E.


 All pictures
#1: View looking ESE, from just east of 25N 37E; view from the M/V Dream Island navigation helm, with al-Hasāniyy Island 7 km distant.
#2: View looking south, from just east of 25N 37E; water depth is about 200 m, and shallow reefs lie 400 m away, just out of view.
#3: View looking west across the Red Sea, the Egypt coast lies 200 km distant. The back of Dream Island's upper deck is in the foreground with Saudi and Scuba Dive Flags fluttering in the gentle North breeze.
#4: View looking north into the gentle wind and subdued seas
#5: Snap from video of Garmin GPSmap 276C at Confluence: 24°59.991'N 37°00.001'E; Background shows a detailed portion of a Red Sea nautical chart and overlain ship's tracks from OziExplorer.
#6: Scientific party (James, Karl, Pierre, Tom, Paul, David, Andy, Tubby, & Greg), crew (Jeff, Capt. Levi, Joe, Lanilo, Alex, Renan, & Sixto), chart with ship's tracks, snap from video of Garmin 276C, and M/V Dream Island.
#7: 3D perspective view of the confluence area (red circle) and associated ship's tracks (in blue) from this coastal visit.
#8: M/V Dream Island ship track posted on Garmin MapSource map; Track point listing of 24.99985°N 37.00001°E is highlighted in blue on the map.
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  Notes
In the sea, but with a view of land.