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Over time, the process reversed, and about 20 million years ago, the gulfs began to close up.
The ongoing collision of the two continental plates resulted in Iran's mountainous terrain (top) and its periodic earthquakes.
The municipality of Dubai is the largest city of the Persian Gulf emirate of the same name, and has built a global reputation for large-scale developments and architectural works.
Among the most visible of these developments - particularly from the perspective of astronauts onboard the ISS - are three man-made archipelagos.
The red dots mark gas flares in oil fields of Iran and Iraq. The Persian Gulf (left) and the Gulf of Oman (right) were once the site of a rift, an area where two plates of the earth's crust pulled apart from each other.
The Indian Ocean filled in the widening gap between the two plates.
Though other rivers empty into the Persian Gulf, most of its fresh water comes from the Shatt al Arab.
On the right edge of the image is the narrow Strait of Hormuz, which connects the Persian Gulf to the Arabian Sea, part of the northern Indian Ocean.
The wetlands and rivers of Mesopotamia border the Gulf on the north.
Further to the right are various offshore islands of the United Arab Emirates; most of the darker area to the right makes up Oman. The artificial peninsula and islands that make up Palm Jumeirah in Dubai as seen from the International Space Station.
This massive earthwork is reclaimed from Dubai's Persian Gulf coast.
Six emirates joined the UAE in 1971, the seventh, Ras Al Khaimah, joined the federation on 10 February 1972.
Islam is the official religion and Arabic is the official language of the UAE.