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Dust Plume Blowing from Libya to Greece – March 16th, 2013

32.7N 20.7E

March 16th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Libya – March 8th, 2013

A plume of dust extends far off the coast of Libya and over the Mediterranean Sea, reaching past Cyprus and towards the southern part of mainland Greece (above). The dust originates in the Libyan Desert, then blows over the  Jebel Akhdar (meaning Green Mountain), a heavily forested, fertile upland area in the northeastern part of the country by the coast, before reaching across the Mediterranean.

Thick Dust Cloud Off Coast of Libya – March 11th, 2013

32.1N 20.0E

March 11th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Libya – March 7th, 2013

A large cloud of dust blows off the coast of Libya and over the Mediterranean Sea. Northwest of Benghazi, the second largest city in Libya, the dust was thick enough to completely hide the ocean surface below. To the west, over the Gulf of Sidra, the dust is less thick. The dust likely originates from the vast sand seas that cover much of Libya’s interior.

Dust Over Gulf of Sidra and Nile Delta, Libya and Egypt – March 2nd, 2013

31.8N 24.6E

March 2nd, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Libya and Egypt – March 2nd, 2013

A plume of dust from the Sahara Desert blows in a reverse S-shape off the coast of Libya, across the Gulf of Sidra and over the Mediterranean Sea (upper left quadrant). In the full image, dust can also be seen blowing to the east, over the Nile Delta, in northern Egypt.

Dust Framing Eastern Shore of Mediterraean Sea

34.3N 33.0E

April 2nd, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Eastern Mediterranean – April 1st, 2013

While the end of March saw a large dust storm blowing off the coast of Libya and over the Mediterranean (click here for previous image), the beginning of April saw a different thick dust plume covering the Mediterranean, this type from Egypt. Here, the dust can be seen blowing over the eastern part of the Nile Delta and the Sinai Peninsula before following the curve of the eastern shore of the Mediterranean, by countries such as Israel, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey, before being pushed back towards Egypt once again.

Massive Dust Storm Obscures Gulf of Sidra, Reaches Far Over Mediterranean – March 30th, 2013

32.4N 18.2E

March 30th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Libya – March 30th, 2013

In what has become an almost constant occurrence in Libya this month, once again, a thick plume of dust blows across the northern part of the country and out over the Mediterranean. Here, the plume is thickest over the Gulf of Sidra – so dense, in fact, that it appears almost as an extension of Libya’s land. It extends far north over the sea, between Greece (above, center) and Sicily (above, left edge). Increased frequency and intensity of dust storms is a sign of climate change.

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