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Haruj Volcanic Field Surrounded by Libyan Desert

27.1N 17.4E

June 1st, 2013 Category: Deserts, Volcanoes

Libya – May 30th, 2013

Visible as a dark brown circular area south of the Gulf of Sidra is the Haruj, a large volcanic field spread across 45,000 km2 (17,000 sq mi) in central Libya. It contains about 150 volcanoes, including numerous basaltic scoria cones and about 30 small shield volcanoes, along with craters and lava flows.

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 Storms Continue to Affect Northern Libya and Gulf of Sidra

31.8N 17.7E

March 25th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Libya – March 24th, 2013

Dust storms – occurring frequently in northern Libya since early March (click here for previous images) – continue to the country. Here, dust blows over the Gulf of Sidra, which measures 439 kilometres (273 mi) from one side to the other. The dust coming off the promontory of Ras Teyonas, on the East side,  blows northwestward, while off the promontory of Ras Kasr Hamet, on the West, it blows northeastward.

Dust Plume by Benghazi, Libya

March 20th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Libya – March 19th, 2013

Northern Libya has been affected by dust storms since early March (click here for previous images). Here, a veil of dust hangs over the eastern part of the Gulf of Sidra (left) and over the Jebel al Akhdar, a mountain range by the country’s coast (visible here as a dark green region). One thicker plume stands out amidst the dusty haze, blowing off the coast near the city of Benghazi.

Dust Over Gulf of Sidra, Libya

30.9N 17.8E

March 18th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Libya – March 10th, 2013

Dust blows northeastward over the Gulf of Sidra, a body of water in the Mediterranean Sea on the northern coast of Libya. The gulf measures 439 kilometres (273 mi) from the promontory of Boreum (now Ras Teyonas) on the East side to the promontory of Cephalae (Ras Kasr Hamet) on the West. The greatest extension of the gulf inland is 177 kilometres (110 mi) land inward and occupies an area of 57,000 square kilometers.