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Dust Storm in Libya Blows Sand into Mediterranean

February 6th, 2009 Category: Dust Storms

Dust Storm, Libya - February 5th, 2009

Dust Storm, Libya - February 5th, 2009

A dust storm blow sands across Libya and into the Mediterranean Sea. The criss-crossed lines indicate differences in wind direction.

The Jabal Al Akhdar ( “Green Mountain”) is located to the east, along the coastline. The area around it has much less sand from the storm. This and the density of the sand over the sea to the west, indicate that sand from further southwest is being carried by northeasterly winds.

In the full image, the Haruj volcanic field is visible to the South as a darker brown area amidst the yellow desert sands.

Southern Italy, part of Sicily and Greece can be seen to the North. The sand has not reached all the way across the Mediterranean to Europe.

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