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Saharan Dust Between Italy and Greece – May 19th, 2013

39.0N 18.6E

May 19th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day, Winds

Mediterranean Sea – May 19th, 2013

A cloud of dust from the Sahara Desert blows across the Mediterranean Sea, hovering between Italy (left) and Greece (right). The dust is likely related to a phenomenon known as the Sirocco, a Mediterranean wind that comes from the Sahara and reaches hurricane speeds in North Africa and Southern Europe.

It arises from a warm, dry, tropical airmass that is pulled northward by low-pressure cells moving eastward across the Mediterranean Sea, with the wind originating in the Arabian or Sahara deserts. The hotter, drier continental air mixes with the cooler, wetter air of the maritime cyclone, and the counter-clockwise circulation of the low propels the mixed air across the southern coasts of Europe.

Massive Dust Storm Obscures Gulf of Sidra, Reaches Far Over Mediterranean – March 30th, 2013

32.4N 18.2E

March 30th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Libya – March 30th, 2013

In what has become an almost constant occurrence in Libya this month, once again, a thick plume of dust blows across the northern part of the country and out over the Mediterranean. Here, the plume is thickest over the Gulf of Sidra – so dense, in fact, that it appears almost as an extension of Libya’s land. It extends far north over the sea, between Greece (above, center) and Sicily (above, left edge). Increased frequency and intensity of dust storms is a sign of climate change.

Dust Plume Blowing from Libya to Greece – March 16th, 2013

32.7N 20.7E

March 16th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Libya – March 8th, 2013

A plume of dust extends far off the coast of Libya and over the Mediterranean Sea, reaching past Cyprus and towards the southern part of mainland Greece (above). The dust originates in the Libyan Desert, then blows over the  Jebel Akhdar (meaning Green Mountain), a heavily forested, fertile upland area in the northeastern part of the country by the coast, before reaching across the Mediterranean.

Chalkidiki Peninsula by Aegean Sea in Northern Greece

40.4N 23.2E

February 26th, 2013 Category: Mountains

Greece – January 23rd, 2013

Chalkidiki is a peninsula in northern Greece, and one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the region of Central Macedonia. Chalkidiki consists of a large peninsula in the northwestern Aegean Sea, resembling a hand with three fingers: Pallene (now Kassandra), Sithonia, and Agion Oros (the ancient Acte), which contains Mount Athos and its monasteries. The Cholomontas mountains lie in the north-central part of Chalkidiki.

Mining projects proposed for the peninsula could have serious detrimental effects on its ecosystem, particularly water resources and soil. The area of exploitation covers 264 square kilometers with 90% forest cover, including primeval forests and rich flora and fauna with rare, endangered and strictly protected species.

Bioaccumulation of heavy metals at various levels of the food chain is extremely dangerous to the functioning of ecosystems, agro-pastoral products and ultimately to human health. Deforestation and forest drainage of the aquifer is a threat to ecosystems. The pollution of the marine environment by mining pollutants and the construction and operation of a large-scale industrial port would damage the quality of sea water both as a natural habitat of marine organisms as well as bathing waters (click here for more information).

Dust Blowing Off Coast of Libya

32.1N 20.0E

February 10th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Libya – February 3rd, 2013

A plume of dust blows in a diagonal line towards the northeast, off the coast of Libya, and over the Mediterranean Sea towards southern Greece. The plume originates near Libya’s border with Tunisia. Smaller dust plumes can also be seen blowing northward off the coast of Libya on the right side of the image.