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Dust from Sahara Desert Blows Over Mali

23.0N 2.3W

July 30th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Mali and Mauritania – July 29th, 2012

Sahara Desert dust can be seen blowing about over northern Mali, near the borders with Mauritania and Algeria, in this image. In the full image, it can be seen spreading beyond those borders, affecting also southern Algeria. In Mali, the dust is mainly touching the Tombouctou Region.

Salt Lakes in Algeria and Tunisia

36.3N 6.1E

May 6th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Lakes, Salt Flats

Algeria and Tunisia - April 14th, 2012

The Mediterranean coast from Morocco (left), across Algeria, to Tunisia (right) is green and vegetated, in contrast with the sands of the Sahara Desert to the south. Two large lakes can be observed amidst the desert sands, however: Chott el Djerid and Chott Ech Chergui.

The former is located in Tunisia. It is a large endorheic salt lake with a width of 20 km (12 mi) at its narrowest point, and a length of over 250 km (160 mi). Here, it appears various shades of tan, with the lighter areas likely indicating a salt crust.

Chott Ech Chergui is a large endorheic salt lake in northwestern Algeria, located at in the Saharan Atlas. The lake has an area of about 2000 km² and is one of the largest lakes in Algeria. Chott Ech Chergui is designated a Ramsar wetland of international importance.

Sahara Desert Spreading Across Western and Northern Africa

April 18th, 2012 Category: Deserts

Morocco and neighbors - April 14th, 2012

The Sahara Desert or “Great Desert” is the world’s largest hot desert; at over 9,400,000 square kilometres (3,600,000 sq mi), it covers most of Northern Africa, making it almost as large as China or the United States. This image shows the desert extending across Morocco, Western Sahara, Mali, Mauritania and Algeria. Although a large part of Morocco is mountainous, particularly due to the Atlas Mountains in the center and the south of the country, the majority of the rest of the image appears covered by Saharan sands.

Coastal Algeria, Eastern Spain and Balearic Islands

36.6N 1.1E

December 28th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Lakes, Mountains, Salt Flats

Algeria and Spain - December 22nd, 2011

A strip of land along the coast of Algeria appear green and fertile, in contrast with the Sahara Desert to the south. Visible parallel to the coast are the Saharan Atlas Mountains. Near the center of the shoreline, just below the change in terrain, is the Chott Ech Chergui, a large endorheic salt lake (appearing tan in color, here).

To the north, the eastern part of the Iberian Peninsula can be observed in the upper left quadrant, with the Spanish Balearic Islands, including Majorca (the largest), Minorca (to its east) and Ibiza and Formentera (to its west), visible in the Mediterranean Sea at the upper center and right.

Western Mediterranean Islands and Nations

39.6N 3.0E

December 27th, 2011 Category: Sediments

Mediterranean - December 22nd, 2011

This image shows the western Mediterranean Sea and nations surrounding it, including Italy (upper right corner) and Spain (lower left quadrant). France is mostly obscured by the clouds in the upper left quadrant, but Algeria is clearly visible below in the full image.

Several islands can also be seen: Sardinia (right edge), belonging to Italy, Corsica (north of former), belonging to France, and the Balearic Islands (just below center) of Spain, the largest of which is Majorca, with Minorca to its east and Ibiza and Formentera to its west.

The coastlines are mostly sediment free, although some greenish sediments can be seen by the Ebro Delta on the coast of Spain and in the Ligurian Sea near Genova off the Italian coast.