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Rows of Sand Dunes in Southern Libya

24.9N 12.9E

March 1st, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Libya - February 18th, 2010

Libya - February 18th, 2010

The Libyan Desert, which covers much of Libya, is one of the most arid places on earth. Here, parallel rows of sand dunes in southern Libya can be observed. In places, decades may pass without rain, and even in the highlands rainfall seldom happens, once every 5–10 years.

Likewise, the temperature in the Libyan desert can be extreme; in 1922, the town of Al ‘Aziziyah, which is located Southwest of Tripoli, recorded an air temperature of 57.8 °C (136.0 °F), generally accepted as the highest recorded naturally occurring air temperature reached on Earth.

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