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Dust Over Nile River and Red Sea, Egypt and Saudi Arabia

April 19th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Fires, Rivers

Red Sea - April 15th, 2012

Dust can be seen blowing over the northern half of the Red Sea, between Egypt (left) and Saudi Arabia (right). The dust also creates a hazy effect over part of the Nile River in the lower left quadrant. Visible at the upper left is the fan-shaped Nile Delta. The grey patches of haze over the delta may indicate smoke from fires.

Dust Plume Over Mediterranean Sea and Sediments by Nile River Delta

33.2N 33.9E

March 22nd, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Lakes, Rivers, Sediments

Dust Over Mediterranean - March 19th, 2012

A plume of dust blows westward across Syria and the Middle East, north of the Dead Sea, and over the Mediterranean Sea. Visible northwest of the dust plume is the island-nation of Cyprus.

To the southwest of the dust plume, sediments line the shores of the Mediterranean, along the shores of the Nile Delta, visible as a fertile green triangle, and the Sinai Peninsula.

Nile River and Dust Crossing Red Sea

24.9N 33.5E

June 6th, 2011 Category: Dust Storms, Lakes, Rivers

Egypt - May 23rd, 2011

A thin veil of dust blows over the Red Sea between Egypt and Saudi Arabia (upper right corner). At its widest point, the sea is 355 km (220.6 mi) across.

On the left side of the image are Lake Nasser and the Nile River. The lake appears greenish-blue in color, while the river is bordered by a strip of green vegetation.

Dust Blowing Over the Nile River Delta, Egypt – June 5th, 2010

30.0N 31.2E

June 5th, 2010 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Egypt - June 2nd, 2010

Egypt - June 2nd, 2010



Dust from the Sahara Desert blows northwards across Egypt, over the Nile River Delta and above the Mediterranean Sea towards Cyprus. The close-up focuses on the dust partially veiling the delta region.

In the main image, the Sinai Peninsula and Middle Eastern nations such as Israel/Palestine, Jordan and Syria are visible to the east of the delta.

Dust Over the Nile Delta, Egypt

30.9N 30.0E

June 1st, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Dust Storms

Egypt – May 30th, 2013

Dust blows across the fertile lands of the Nile Delta (right), in Egypt, and  northwestward over the Mediterranean Sea. While desertification is a concern for large parts of Africa, a different threat may be more pressing in the Nile Delta region: it is among the top three areas on the planet most vulnerable to a rise in sea levels. Even the most optimistic predictions of global temperature increase will still displace millions of Egyptians from one of the most densely populated regions on earth.

The Delta spills out from the northern stretches of the capital into 10,000 square miles of farmland fed by the Nile’s branches. It is home to two-thirds of the country’s rapidly growing population, and responsible for more than 60% of its food supply: Egypt relies unconditionally on it for survival.

But with its 270km of coastline lying at a dangerously low elevation (large parts are between zero and 1m above sea level, with some areas lying below it), any melting of the polar ice caps could see its farmland and cities – including the historical port of Alexandria – transformed into an ocean floor.

A 1m rise in the sea level, which many experts think likely within the next 100 years, will cause 20% of the Delta to go underwater. At the other extreme, the 14m rise that would result from the disappearance of Greenland and western Antarctica would leave the Mediterranean lapping at the northern suburbs of Cairo, with practically all of the Delta underwater.

Already, a series of environmental crises are parking themselves on the banks of the Nile. Some are subtle, like the river’s quiet vanishing act in the Delta’s northern fields; others, like the dramatic collapse of coastal lands into the ocean, are more striking. Major flooding is yet to become a reality but, from industrial pollution to soil salinity, a whole new set of interconnected green concerns is now forcing its way into Egyptian public discourse for the first time (click here for more information).