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Thick Dust Cloud Obscures Tunisian Coastline

33.8N 10.8E

May 7th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Dust Storms

Tunisia - May 2nd, 2011

Dust from the Sahara Desert blows across eastern Algeria and Tunisia, and then past the coastline and over the Mediterranean Sea.

The dense cloud of dust obscures most of Tunisia’s coastline, although Djerba is partially visible by the Gulf of Boughrara.


Sebkhet el Melah Near the Coast of Tunisia

33.3N 10.9E

April 1st, 2010 Category: Salt Flats

Tunisia - March 5th, 2010

Tunisia - March 5th, 2010

The coast of Tunisia doesn’t present many deep indentations except near the island of Djerba, near the center of the image. Below the island is the Gulf of  Boughrara, while another bay is visible to the southeast. Situated between these two bodies of water is the Sebkhet el Melah, best observed in the full image. It is also known as Sabkhat al Milh and Sebkha el Melah.

Sebkhas are typical for dry areas, especially in North Africa, where the water flow can not reach the sea and accumulates in a depression. The water is saline, and the surface water dries up during summer seasons.

Green Waters Around Djerba and the Kerkennah Islands, Tunisia

33.8N 10.8E

November 13th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Tunisia - September 24th, 2009

Tunisia - September 24th, 2009

The water around the shores of eastern mainland Tunisia, the island of Djerba (below) and the Kerkennah Islands (above), and in the Gulf of Gabès (center left) and Gulf of  Boughrara (below Djerba) show various shades of green, ranging from light and bluish to dark and brownish.

Some of the dark green color may be caused by two species of green algae that have a tendency of invading the coast of Tunisia and are often found around the Kerkennah Islands.