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Dust Blowing Across Red Sea and Over Ethiopia

12.1N 37.3E

May 31st, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Lakes

Red Sea - May 31st, 2012

Dust blows from the Arabian Peninsula, across the Red Sea, and over Eritrea, Djibouti and Ethiopia. A ridge of mountains in Ethiopia seems to keep the dust from blowing further westward, over Lake Tana (the green body of water near the image center). The lake is the source of the Blue Nile, located in the Amhara Region in the north-western Ethiopian highlands. The country’s largest lake, it is approximately 84 kilometers long and 66 kilometers wide, with a maximum depth of 15 meters, and an elevation of 1,840 meters.

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