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Cloud Streets Over Somalia and Sediments Near Djibouti

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January 27th, 2010 Category: Clouds

Somalia - January 6th, 2010

Somalia - January 6th, 2010

Upon opening the full version of this image of Somalia, it can be observed that the clouds partially veiling parts of the country are organized in parallel lines, a phenomenon known as cloud streets. Clouds also hug the peaks of the Surud Mountain Range near the northern coast, in the Maakhir region. Mount Shimbiris, the highest peak in Somalia, sits at an altitude of 2450 meters above sea level in this range.

Also visible near the coast in the full image is an outflow of sediments near the Djibouti border (upper left quadrant). These sediments are located near Zeila, a port city on the Gulf of Aden coast, situated in the Awdal region of Somalia. Zeila is surrounded on three sides by the sea. Landward, the country is unbroken desert for some fifty miles. It is known for its offshore islands, coral reef and mangroves.

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