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Dust Over Sinai Peninsula and Nile Delta, Egypt

30.7N 32.5E

April 1st, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Egypt – April 1st, 2013

A thick plume of dust blows across Egypt, covering much of the Nile River Delta, as well as the Suez Canal and most of the Sinai Peninsula, before arching far northwards over the Mediterranean Sea. Air currents then curve the dust plume back southward towards the fertile delta region.

Dust Over Red Sea South of Sinai Peninsula

27.8N 34.2E

March 29th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Rivers

Dust Over Arabian Peninsula - March 22nd, 2012

As the dust kicked up by the sandstorm over the Arabian Peninsula over the last week (click here for previous images) gradually settles, one can see more of the Red Sea, separating Egypt (left) and Saudi Arabia (right). The Sinai Peninsula, part of Egypt, is visible between the two countries (top center), and the Nile River can be seen through the dust, parallel to the left edge. The Suez Canal is also visible on the western edge of the Sinai Peninsula, near the green vegetation of the Nile Delta, connecting the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea.

Dust Over Red Sea, Sinai Peninsula and Mediterranean Sea

30.9N 33.9E

March 28th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Dust Over Arabian Peninsula - March 24th, 2012

Although the dust storm that has been moving sands all about the Arabian Peninsula and rest of the Middle East over the last week finally appears to be subsiding (click here for previous images), a thin veil of dust can still be observed over the northern part of the Red Sea, the Sinai Peninsula, and the eastern Mediterranean Sea (from bottom to top along the left edge). The dust over the Mediterranean does not quite reach the island nation of Cyprus, also visible by the left edge.

Features of the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt – January 21st, 2011

29.7N 33.8E

January 21st, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Egypt - December 27th, 2010

The Sinai Peninsula, visible in the left half of the image, consists of an area of some 61,000 square kilometers. Geographical Sinai belongs to Egypt but the two are separated by the Suez Canal (visible near the left edge; observed in greater detail in the full image).

The natural barriers are the Gulf of Suez to the west, separating the African continent from the Middle East and the Gulf of Aqaba to the east. The northeast boundary is a 200 kilometer stretch of Mediterranean coastline.

The northwestern parts of the peninsula appear covered in sandy desert, while the lower reaches are more mountainous. In the full image, many dry riverbeds can be observed in the central zone.

Also of note is the Dead Sea, between Israel-Palestine and the West Bank (west) and Jordan (east), just northeast of the Sinai Peninsula.

Lake Bardawil on Northern Shores of Sinai Peninsula, Egypt – December 5th, 2010

31.1N 33.1E

December 5th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Egypt - November 28th, 2010

Visible along the shores of Egypt at the top center is Lake Bardawil, a large, very saline lake on the north coast of the Sinai Peninsula. The lagoon is shallow (reaching a depth of about 3 metres) and is separated from the Mediterranean Sea by a narrow sandbar.

Visible along the left edge of the image is the Suez Canal, connecting the Mediterranean Sea (above) to the Red Sea (below). The green land in the upper left quadrant is part of the Nile River Delta region. Finally, visible on the right side of the full image is the Dead Sea, between Israel-Palestine and the West Bank (west) and Jordan (east).