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Dust Over Gulf of Sidra and Mediterranean Sea, Libya

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March 13th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Libya – March 7th, 2013

Dust blows off the coast of Libya and over the Mediterranean Sea. The cloud is thinner over the Gulf of Sidra (left edge to center) and thicker northwest of Benghazi, the second largest city in the country. The airborne particles obscure Libya’s vegetated northern coastal region. Visible by the bottom edge, in the lower left quadrant, as a brown area amidst the sands of the Libyan Desert, is the Haruj Volcanic Field.

Benghazi on Shores of Mediterranean Sea, Libya – February 25th, 2012

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February 25th, 2012 Category: Image of the day

Libya - February 1st, 2012

This wide-swath ASAR image shows the coastline of Libya along the Mediterranean Sea. Visible as a white area by the shore is Benghazi, the second largest city in Libya, a port city and the main city of the Cyrenaica region. The wider metropolitan area (which includes the southern towns of Gimeenis and Suluq) is also a district of Libya.

Benghazi is one of the sub-regions of the area referred to as Cyrenaica, the others being the Jebel Akhdar and the coastal plain running east of Apollonia. Cyrenaica is surrounded by desert on three sides. Benghazi is surrounded by the “barr”, arid steppe. The Jebel Akhdar, literally, “the Green Mountain”, just north of Benghazi, rises to the east. Here the vegetation and climate is more Mediterranean in feel with none of the desert landscapes found further south. A large section of the western Jebel Akhdar is taken up by the fertile Marj plain.

Further east is the second level of the Jebel Akhdar, between 500 metres (1,600 feet) and over 875 m (2,871 ft) above sea level, often thickly wooded and cut by ravines. To the north, below the steep cliffs of the plateau, lies a narrow belt of Mediterranean farmland. Olives and other mediterrenean fruits and vegetables are grown here. To the south, the forest and farmland gives way to juniper bush maquis and pre-desert scrub with some winter grazing.

Parallel Trails in Dust Plume off Libyan Coast

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June 3rd, 2009 Category: Dust Storms

Dust off Libyan coast - May 30th, 2009

Dust off Libyan coast - May 30th, 2009

Plume of dust

Plume of dust

Dust particles float in the air over most of the Gulf of Sidra, off the coast of Libya.

Strong winds send a dense plume of dust offshore, below the southwestern end of the Jabal Al Akhdar (Green Mountain) and the city of Benghazi.

In the close-up, distinct trails of dust particles form thick parallel lines within the plume.

Dust Plume Archs Northwestward from Libyan Coast

April 21st, 2009 Category: Dust Storms

Dust off Libyan coast - April 19th, 2009

Dust off Libyan coast - April 19th, 2009

A dense plume of dust continues to be swept off the coast of Libya near Benghazi and into the Gulf of Sidra. This plume was first observed ten days before this image was captured (click here for previous articles).

The thickest part of the plume curves northwest, blowing out from the western extremity of Libya’s “Green Mountain”, the Jabal Al Akhdar.

South of the main plume, many other less dense streaks of dust blow diagonally northwest.

Further to the west, towards the left edge of the image, a lesser amount of dust is being swept northward off the coast, near the Cape of Misratah.

Ripples in Dust Plume Sweeping off Libyan Shores

April 10th, 2009 Category: Dust Storms

Dust off Libyan coast - April 10th, 2009

Dust off Libyan coast - April 10th, 2009



A thick dust plume continues to blow off the coast of Libya near Benghazi and into the Gulf of Sidra.

The dust seems to blow out from below the Jabal Al Akhdar ( “Green Mountain”), extending westward. The close-up shows some ripples in the plume, as the dust particles follow the wavelike motion of air currents. Part of a town and some fields are partially visible undernearth the veil of dust.

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