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Jebel Akhdar in Cyrenaica Region, Libya

32.1N 20.5E

December 5th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Mountains

Libya - November 8th, 2011

This image focuses on the northern part of Cyrenaica, the eastern coastal region of Libya. Geologically, Cyrenaica rests on a mass of Miocene limestone that tilts up steeply from the Mediterranean Sea and falls inland with a gradual descent to sea level again.

This mass is divided into two blocks, one of which is the Jebel Akhdar, identifiable here by its darker, orange-brown color, extends parallel to the coast from the Gulf of Sidra to the Gulf of Bomba, and reaches an elevation of 872 meters.

The Jebel Akhdar and its adjacent coast are part of the Mediterranean woodlands and forests ecoregion, and have a Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers and relatively mild and rainy winters. The southward slopes of the Jebel Akhdar occupied by the Mediterranean dry woodlands and steppe, a transitional ecoregion lying between the Mediterranean climate regions of North Africa and the hyper-arid Sahara Desert.


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