STRAIT OF HORMUZ

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard seized a Panamanian-flagged oil tanker in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

Key details:

  • The Strait of Hormuz is a strait between the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
  • It provides the only sea passage from the Arabian Gulf to the open ocean.
  • It is one of the world’s most strategically important choke points.
  • A third of the world’s liquefied natural gas and almost 25% of total global oil consumption passes through the strait.

What is a strait:

  • A strait is a narrow body of water that connects two larger bodies of water.
  • It may be formed by a fracture in an isthmus (a narrow body of land that connects two bodies of water).
  • Tectonic shifts can lead to straits like this.

SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB

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