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Light Veil of Dust Over Mediterranean Sea

31.2N 26.4E

May 30th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Egypt – May 30th, 2013

A light veil of dust can be seen blowing off the coasts of Egypt and Libya, and over the Mediterranean Sea, towards Crete (upper left). Sand seas, also known as ergs, extend over large portions of Libya and Egypt. In Egypt, a little less than 3 percent of the land is arable; in Libya, just over 1 percent of the land is arable. Dust storms rank among the most frequent natural hazards for both countries.

Large Forest Fire Sweeping Across Island of Chios, Greece – August 23rd, 2012

38.3N 26.1E

August 23rd, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Greece – August 18th, 2012

Greek firefighters are battling a large forest fire sweeping across the eastern Aegean island of Chios, which lies north-east of the capital, Athens, off the coast of Turkey. Here, a plume of smoke from the blaze can be seen blowing southwest, reaching as far south as the island of Crete (bottom edge).

The fire began about a week ago and has been fuelled by gale force winds. Authorities said that after just two days the blaze had destroyed about 7,000 hectares (16,000 acres) of forest and farmland. Residents of nine villages and hamlets were evacuated from their homes over the weekend as the fire approached.

Mediterranean Features by Turkey and Egypt

33.7N 29.7E

May 5th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Turkey - April 28th, 2012

This image stretches from Turkey (above), across the Mediterranean Sea to Egypt (lower right) and Libya (lower left). The large islands in the Mediterranean are Cyprus (right) and Crete (left). North of Crete are many smaller Aegean Islands, belonging to both Turkey and Greece.

Other important bodies of water in the image include the Nile River and Nile Delta. Located just east of the delta is the Suez Canal, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea. To the north, in Turkey, are several lakes in the Turkish Lakes Region. The largest two are the bright turquoise Lake Eğirdir (left) and Lake Beyşehir (right). To their northeast is Lake Van, appearing as a bright white salt flat.

Mediterranean Sea Between Libya and Greece – September 28th, 2011

35.0N 24.5E

September 28th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Greece and Libya - September 9th, 2011

Visible in the upper part of this image are the southern portion of Greece (left) and the southwestern portion of Turkey (right), with numerous islands dotting the sea between them. The large island to the south is Crete, belonging to Greece.

Further south, the coastline of Libya can be observed. The area appears mostly arid and sandy desert, with the exception of the brown Al Jabel Al Akhdar, a mountain range running parallel to the Mediterranean Sea, east of the Gulf of Sidra.

Al Jabel Al Akhdar and Irrigated Fields East of the Haruj, Libya

27.6N 20.1E

September 20th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Volcanoes

Libya - August 18th, 2011

The brown area along the coastline of Libya is location of the Al Jabel Al Akhdar, meaning the Green Mountain. The range runs parallel to the Mediterranean Sea, east of the Gulf of Sidra. Visible to the north, near the top edge, is the island of Crete.

Moving south, the Haruj volcanic field appears as a large, brown expanse near the bottom edge. In the full image, between two sand dune seas east of the Haruj, some areas of circular, irrigated fields can be seen, arranged in rows.