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Dust Storm in Libya Blows Sand into Mediterranean

February 6th, 2009 Category: Dust Storms

Dust Storm, Libya - February 5th, 2009

Dust Storm, Libya - February 5th, 2009

A dust storm blow sands across Libya and into the Mediterranean Sea. The criss-crossed lines indicate differences in wind direction.

The Jabal Al Akhdar ( “Green Mountain”) is located to the east, along the coastline. The area around it has much less sand from the storm. This and the density of the sand over the sea to the west, indicate that sand from further southwest is being carried by northeasterly winds.

In the full image, the Haruj volcanic field is visible to the South as a darker brown area amidst the yellow desert sands.

Southern Italy, part of Sicily and Greece can be seen to the North. The sand has not reached all the way across the Mediterranean to Europe.

Libya’s Green Mountain: the Jabal Al Akhdar – February 6th, 2009

February 6th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Coast of Libya - February 2nd, 2009

Coast of Libya - February 2nd, 2009

Jabal Al Akhdar near Benghazi, Libya

Jabal Al Akhdar near Benghazi, Libya

At 1770 kilometres (1100 miles), Libya’s coastline is the longest of any African country bordering the Mediterranean.

The portion of the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya is often called the Libyan Sea.

Libya’s climate is mostly dry and desertlike in nature. However, the northern regions enjoy a milder Mediterranean climate.

The Jabal Al Akhdar, or “Green Mountain”, near the coastal city of Benghazi (or Benghasi), is Libya’s wettest region. Annual rainfall averages are between 400 and 600 millimetres (15-24 inches).

This wetter, coastal part of the country, which appears dark green and brown, can be easily distinguished from the yellow and tan sands of the arid desert further inland.

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