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Spectacular Eruption of Mount Etna – November 17th, 2013

37.7N 14.9E

November 19th, 2013 Category: Volcanoes VIIRSSuomi-NPP

Italy – November 17th, 2013

Visible in the center of this image is Mount Etna, in Sicily, Italy. A white cloud of ash and steam can be seen spewing forth from the volcano, which is already erupting for the third time in 2013 (previous ones were on 11 April and 26 October). Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity.

Sediments Flowing Off Coast of Sicily Towards Malta

37.5N 14.0E

May 27th, 2013 Category: Sediments

Italy – May 26th, 2013

Sediments, possibly mixed with phytoplankton growth, cling to the southern coast of Sicily, Italy, and stream southwards off the southeastern tip of the island towards the archipelago composing the Republic of Malta (below).

Dust Plume Stretching from Tunisia to Sicily, Italy

33.8N 10.8E

May 22nd, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Mediterranean – May 22nd, 2013

A thick plume of dust blows off the coast of Tunisia and over the Mediterranean Sea, fanning out as it spreads towards Sicily, in southern Italy. The dust obscures much of the Gulf of Gabès, the Kerkennah Islands and Djerba.

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.

Haze Over Northwestern Italy

44.8N 9.1E

April 17th, 2013 Category: Clouds, Sediments

Italy – April 17th, 2013

A haze hangs over the northwestern part of Italy, over the Po Valley and along the coast to the French border, also spilling over the Mediterranean Sea towards the island of Corsica. Visible on the other side of the Italian peninsula, in the Adriatic Sea, are green sediments and algae spilling forth from the mouth of the Po River.

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