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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.

Veil of Dust Over Libya’s Green Mountain

32.6N 21.2E

March 17th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Mountains

Libya – March 8th, 2013

Libya’s “Green Mountain”, the Jebel al-Akhdar, can be seen through a plume of dust that blows across the coast and over the Mediterranean Sea. Dust blowing over the Mediterranean is a rather common phenomenon, as strong winds pick up particles from the Sahara Desert and carry them northward over the sea.

Dust Plume Blowing from Libya to Greece – March 16th, 2013

32.7N 20.7E

March 16th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Libya – March 8th, 2013

A plume of dust extends far off the coast of Libya and over the Mediterranean Sea, reaching past Cyprus and towards the southern part of mainland Greece (above). The dust originates in the Libyan Desert, then blows over the  Jebel Akhdar (meaning Green Mountain), a heavily forested, fertile upland area in the northeastern part of the country by the coast, before reaching across the Mediterranean.

Oman, East of the United Arab Emirates

26.0N 56.2E

November 1st, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Oman and U.A.E - September 24th, 2009

Oman and U.A.E - September 24th, 2009

A vast gravel desert plain covers most of central Oman, with mountain ranges along the north (al Jebel al Akhdar) and southeast coast. Oman’s main cities are located by the mountains in this northern area, including the capital city Muscat.

Here, the mountain ranges appear dark brown, in contrast with the sandy color of much of the landscape to the south. Oman’s climate is hot and dry in the interior and humid along the coast.

The peninsula of Musandam (Musandem), which has a strategic location on the Strait of Hormuz, is separated from the rest of Oman by the United Arab Emirates and is thus an exclave. Here, the U.A.E can be seen to the left, their lands appearing lighter and yellower than the terrain of Oman to the east.

Moving across the Strait of Hormuz, the island of Qeshm can be seen off the coast of southern Iran. The part of Iran visible here is in Hormozgān Province, which has an area is 68475 km2 and 1000 km of coastline.

Southern Arabian Peninsula

February 7th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Oman - January 28th, 2009

Oman - January 28th, 2009

This clear image shows the southeastern part of the Arabian Peninsula, surrounded by the waters of the Persian Gulf (top left), the Gulf of Oman (top right) and the Arabian Sea (bottom right).

The two gulfs are connected by the Strait of Hormuz, in which Qeshm Island, belonging to Iran (top), can be found.

The country of Oman occupies most of the coastal area of this section of the peninsula. The al Jebel al Akhdar mountain ranges are to the North, along the Gulf of Oman. The central part of the country, however, is covered mostly by a vast gravel desert plain (light tan).

Encompassing a large area west of Oman’s gravel desert plain is the Rub’ al Khali (which translates as Empty Quarter), one of the largest sand deserts in the world.

With a total area of some 650,000 square kilometres (250,000 sq mi), it covers much of southern Saudi Arabia, as well as parts of Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

The sands of the Rub’ al Khali near Saudi Arabia’s border with Oman and the United Arab Emirates are reddish-orange, and change to yellow then to tan as one moves westward.

source Wikipedia