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Dust Crossing Mediterranean from Libya to Greece

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February 6th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Libya – February 3rd, 2013

Dust blows northeastward off the coast of Libya, from the western limit of the Gulf of Sidra (left), far over the Mediterranean to Greece (upper right). Thicker dust can also be seen by the eastern end of the Jebel Akhdar, a heavily forested, fertile upland area in northeastern Libya (right edge).

Benghazi on Shores of Mediterranean Sea, Libya – February 25th, 2012

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February 25th, 2012 Category: Image of the day

Libya - February 1st, 2012

This wide-swath ASAR image shows the coastline of Libya along the Mediterranean Sea. Visible as a white area by the shore is Benghazi, the second largest city in Libya, a port city and the main city of the Cyrenaica region. The wider metropolitan area (which includes the southern towns of Gimeenis and Suluq) is also a district of Libya.

Benghazi is one of the sub-regions of the area referred to as Cyrenaica, the others being the Jebel Akhdar and the coastal plain running east of Apollonia. Cyrenaica is surrounded by desert on three sides. Benghazi is surrounded by the “barr”, arid steppe. The Jebel Akhdar, literally, “the Green Mountain”, just north of Benghazi, rises to the east. Here the vegetation and climate is more Mediterranean in feel with none of the desert landscapes found further south. A large section of the western Jebel Akhdar is taken up by the fertile Marj plain.

Further east is the second level of the Jebel Akhdar, between 500 metres (1,600 feet) and over 875 m (2,871 ft) above sea level, often thickly wooded and cut by ravines. To the north, below the steep cliffs of the plateau, lies a narrow belt of Mediterranean farmland. Olives and other mediterrenean fruits and vegetables are grown here. To the south, the forest and farmland gives way to juniper bush maquis and pre-desert scrub with some winter grazing.

Jebel Akhdar in Cyrenaica Region, Libya

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December 5th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Mountains

Libya - November 8th, 2011

This image focuses on the northern part of Cyrenaica, the eastern coastal region of Libya. Geologically, Cyrenaica rests on a mass of Miocene limestone that tilts up steeply from the Mediterranean Sea and falls inland with a gradual descent to sea level again.

This mass is divided into two blocks, one of which is the Jebel Akhdar, identifiable here by its darker, orange-brown color, extends parallel to the coast from the Gulf of Sidra to the Gulf of Bomba, and reaches an elevation of 872 meters.

The Jebel Akhdar and its adjacent coast are part of the Mediterranean woodlands and forests ecoregion, and have a Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers and relatively mild and rainy winters. The southward slopes of the Jebel Akhdar occupied by the Mediterranean dry woodlands and steppe, a transitional ecoregion lying between the Mediterranean climate regions of North Africa and the hyper-arid Sahara Desert.