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Dust Across Nile Delta and Cyprus

33.2N 34.1E

May 31st, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Egypt – May 30th, 2013

Dust from the Sahara Desert blows across the Nile Delta (bottom left) and northeastward over the Mediterranean Sea. A second dust plume can be seen to the east, spreading from north of the Dead Sea to the northwest, across the Mediterranean to the island nation of Cyprus.

Plume of Dust Sweeping from Egypt Across Cyprus – April 10th, 2013

33.6N 32.8E

April 10th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Egypt – April 8th, 2013

A plume of dust sweeps over the coast of Egypt, veiling the Nile Delta and the Sinai Peninsula, and northwards over the Mediterranean Sea, over and past Cyprus to Turkey (visible at the top of the full image). Middle Eastern countries on the east coast of the sea, such as Israel, are also being affected. More frequent dust storms are a sign of desertification and climate change.

Troodos Mountains and Kyrenia Range, Cyprus

34.9N 32.8E

May 10th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Cyprus - May 8th, 2012

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It measures 240 kilometres (149 mi) long from end to end and 100 kilometres (62 mi) wide at its widest point, with Turkey 75 kilometres (47 mi) to the north.

Here, Cyprus’s two main mountain ranges stand out as green areas against the drier, tan terrain of the rest of the island. The ranges are the Troodos Mountains and the smaller Kyrenia Range (parallel to the northern coastline) and the central plain they encompass, the Mesaoria. The Troodos Mountains cover most of the southern and western portions of the island and account for roughly half its area.

Cyprus has a subtropical climate – Mediterranean and Semi-arid type (in the north-eastern part of island), with very mild winters (on the coast) and warm to hot summers. Snow is possible only in the Troodos Mountains in the central part of island. Rain occurs mainly in winter, with summer being generally dry.

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.

Dust Plume Over Mediterranean Sea and Sediments by Nile River Delta

33.2N 33.9E

March 22nd, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Lakes, Rivers, Sediments

Dust Over Mediterranean - March 19th, 2012

A plume of dust blows westward across Syria and the Middle East, north of the Dead Sea, and over the Mediterranean Sea. Visible northwest of the dust plume is the island-nation of Cyprus.

To the southwest of the dust plume, sediments line the shores of the Mediterranean, along the shores of the Nile Delta, visible as a fertile green triangle, and the Sinai Peninsula.

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