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Plume of Dust Below Italy

39.6N 11.8E

May 18th, 2009 Category: Dust Storms

Plume of dust below Italy - May 17th, 2009

Plume of dust below Italy - May 17th, 2009

A plume of dust from the Middle East or Northeastern Africa sweeps under southern Italy, over Malta, around Sicily and over the tip of Tunisia (bottom left).

It then curves upwards, passing between Sicily and Sardinia, and over part of the latter, before finally reaching the central Italian coastline.

In the full image, sediments can be seen hugging the southern and eastern shores of Sicily, as well as those of the Gulf of Tunis. The coastline of mainland Italy, is mostly clear, except for an outpouring of sediments around the mouth of the River Po and Venice (upper left).

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