Musandam Peninsula, Oman
Rocky and rugged, the Musandam Peninsula juts into the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow entry into the Persian Gulf. Musandam is an exclave of Oman, separated from the rest of the country by the United Arab Emirates. This Terra image acquired in 2004 shows the tip of the peninsula. The peninsula’s distinctive fjord-like physiography is due to submergence of the land as the Arabian Plate slowly pushes under the Eurasian Plate. The peninsula forms the southern part of the Strait of Hormuz. The Persian Gulf is to the west, Iran is across the strait, and the Gulf of Oman is to the east-southeast.