Thick Dust Over Gulf of Sidra, Libya30.9N 17.8E
The Gulf of Sidra is an arm of the Mediterranean Sea, indenting the Libyan coast of northern Africa. It extends eastward for 275 mi (443 km) from Miṣrātah to Banghāzī. A highway links scattered oases along its shore, which is chiefly desert, with salt marshes. Salt flats are scattered along the coast. Here, a thick cloud of dust from the Sahara Desert blows off the coast of Libya, covering most of the gulf, and stretching northward across the Mediterranean.