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Swath of Dust Blowing Northward from Libyan Coast Across Mediterranean – January 23rd, 2013

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January 23rd, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Libya – January 21st, 2013

A swath of dust blows northward from the Sahara Desert in Libya, over the Gulf of Sidra, past the western end of the Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountain) range and far north across the Mediterranean Sea.

Libya is 95% desert, mostly barren with flat to undulating plains. This, combined with the Mediterranean climate, renders many parts of the country susceptible to floods, sandstorms, dust storms, and desertification. Climate change poses a significant threat to Libya’s economic development and sustainability, and climate variability is likely to increase the impacts of natural hazards on agriculture production.

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