The strategic Strait of Hormuz

The Strait of Hormuz is the world’s premier oil transportation choke point, and it seems worthwhile from time to time to recite the details that make it so strategic.Energy markets took a deep breath in June when Cyclone Gonu passed over the area with little disruption, but it is political-not natural-forces that give the strait its importance.So, with help from US Energy Information Administration researchers, here goes.The Strait of Hormuz is a body of water 600 miles long that provides the only water outlet for the Persian Gulf. The strait lies between Iran and Oman and several of the United Arab Emirates. Hormuz’s length includes the Gulf of Oman, which connects the strait...

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