SNAFU : STAVROPOL KRAI : RUSSIA

OXBOW ALLEY : LUUQ : SOMALIA

Located in an oxbow bend of the Jubba River, Luuq (Somali for Alley) is one of the oldest settlements in Somalia, Africa.

The entrance of the city gate is situated less than 100 meters from the river banks on both the eastern and western sides of the town.

Just 4 km past the city center and main Luuq Market, the river encloses the city again completely. Only the extreme southern side of the city has open land free from the river's enclosures.

Luuq has a hot semi-arid climate with long, extremely hot summers and short, very hot winters as well as little rainfall. Averages high temperatures are above 98°F and the yearly rainfall is less than 10 inches.

The central overlay photograph was taken from the International Space Station during Expedition 18, when Astronaut Michael Fincke was station commander.

Fincke held the American record for the most time in space (381.6 days) until recently when Commander Scott Kelly broke it during his "year in space" aboard the International Space Station : Commander Jeff Williams will break Kelly's record at the end of the month during Expedition 48.


Image Timestamp: 2009-02-19 11:42:41 UTC ISS Nadir Position: 4.272°N, 44.45°E (Somalia) Image Geolocation: 3.79°N, 42.54°E (Somalia)

Image Timestamp: 2009-02-19 11:42:41 UTC
ISS Nadir Position: 4.272°N, 44.45°E (Somalia)
Image Geolocation: 3.79°N, 42.54°E (Somalia)

Source Image: ISS018-E-33744 Focal Length: 400mm

Source Image: ISS018-E-33744
Focal Length: 400mm

SOURCE DATA

  • Geo-Historical Text : Wikipedia
  • Calculations : WolframAlpha Pro
  • Satellite Imagery: ESRI ArcGIS
  • Overlay Source Image: NASA Johnson