When rocks tear and break they can do so in a variety of ways, depending on whether they are being pulled apart (aka extension to geologists), pushed together (compression) or slid alongside each other (strike slip, like the San Andreas) by the tectonic forces affecting the area. This example is a normal fault from Iran, produced by pull apart forces, at least on a local level. The layers pick out very well the block of rock that has dropped between two others, and the two fault lines bordering it. The tectonics in Iran are complex, the main forces are compressive as Arabia separates from Africa and is in a slow motion collision that is closing the Persian Gulf. As the rock is pushed out of the way and uplifted to form mountains such as the Zagros range some regions are twisting and buckling in a rotatory motion, leading to local extensive forces and normal faulting.
The Embassy of the United Arab Emirate in Kuwait City by an unknown Kuwait architect . It was photographed by Arup Associates to analyze how Arab architecture in the Gulf has been affected by a rapid pace in economic development and infrastructural modernization. In this example, they observed how the traditional motifs and style found on Khaleeji mud brick structures were combined with those of other Islamic lands, such as the muqarnas borders. These motifs were then simplified and reflected on a basic marble structure.
From “Boom Time in Kuwait,” National Geographic, December, 1952.
Merchants Walk a New Street Cut Through the Heart of Booming Kuwait
Asphalt, brought in from Iran’s Abadan refinery before its shutdown, paves the surface. The shop, which specializes in rugs and pearls, also offers antique firearms, coats of chain mail, brassbound chests, pottery, and dusty odds and ends. The two traders wear Arabian robes and headdress, protection against both heat and cold, above Western suits. The Sheikdom is spending millions of oil dollars on improved streets, sewers, and water mains. Mud-wall houses, which collapse under heavy rains, are giving way to cement-block structures.
Hut Sunrise - Hello from Kish Island by Hamed Saber Via Flickr: Kish Island,
This photo is a gift for you, just for you ;)
I captured this lovely sunshine minutes ago, and planned to upload it asap, and now it’s yours :)
Hello from Kish!
Added to main page of flickr explore (interestingness) page of 21 September 2006.
Iran is talking tough, America is scrambling the aircraft carriers, and the world economy’s bobbing like a drunken sailor. Here’s everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask - from what it means to you, to how it relates to some mysterious explosions in Iran.
3D-Printed Reefs Could Rehabilitate Persian Gulf Ecosystem
By Denise Chow, Staff Writer | November 07, 2013 01:55pm ET
Artificial reefs created using 3D printing technology may be effective tools for restoring marine life in threatened ecosystems. A Bahrain-based organization, called Reef Arabia, is using 3D-printed reef formationsto rehabilitate the waters of the Persian Gulf, reported TreeHugger.
Artificial reefs can help restore sea life by providing a base for corals and sponges to take hold. The waters off Bahrain’s coast have suffered from overfishing, but Reef Arabia is hoping its 3D-printed formations will help revive the region’s marine diversity. The group is designing artificial reefs printed using non-toxic sandstone material, which will give the formations a more realistic feel, said Reef Arabia team member David Lennon.
“With 3D printing we can get closer to natural design because of its ability to produce very organic shapes and almost lay down material similar to how nature does it,” Lennon told TreeHugger.
The 3D-printed reefs take only a day to print, and can be constructed four at a time, according to TreeHugger.