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The Gulf of Oman or Sea of Oman (Arabic: خَلِيج عُمَان‎ khalīj ʿumān; Persian: دریای عمان‎ daryâ-ye omân) is a gulf that connects the Arabian Sea with the Strait of Hormuz, which then runs to the Persian Gulf. It borders Iran and Pakistan on the north, Oman on the south, and the United Arab Emirates on the west.

Extent


The International Hydrographic Organization defines the limits of the Gulf of Oman as follows:[1]

Bordering countries


Major ports


International trade


The area is near the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic route through which a third of the world's liquefied natural gas and 20% of global oil consumption passes from Middle East producers.[2]

Ecology


In 2018, scientists confirmed the Gulf of Oman contains one of the world's largest marine dead zones, where the ocean contains little or no oxygen and marine wildlife cannot exist. The dead zone encompasses nearly the entire 63,700-square-mile Gulf of Oman. The cause is a combination of increased ocean warming and increased runoff of nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizers.[3]

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