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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.

Light Veil of Dust Over Mediterranean Sea

31.2N 26.4E

May 30th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Egypt – May 30th, 2013

A light veil of dust can be seen blowing off the coasts of Egypt and Libya, and over the Mediterranean Sea, towards Crete (upper left). Sand seas, also known as ergs, extend over large portions of Libya and Egypt. In Egypt, a little less than 3 percent of the land is arable; in Libya, just over 1 percent of the land is arable. Dust storms rank among the most frequent natural hazards for both countries.

Dust From Egypt and Libya Over Mediterranean – April 9th, 2013

31.1N 27.2E

April 9th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Egypt and Libya – April 7th, 2013

Dust blows over the Mediterranean Sea from two main points. The first is a long plume blowing northward from the west edge of the Nile Delta that passes between the islands of Cyprus (right) and Crete (left). The second is a plume blowing northeastward off the coast of Libya, just beyond the eastern end of the Jebel Akhdar mountain range (left).

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 Off East Coast of Libya

32.3N 23.0E

March 28th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Libya – March 27th, 2013

While the strong winds that blew sand across northern Libya during much of the month of March appear to have subsided, some dust can still be seen blowing off the country’s eastern coast. The faint plume blows over the town of Timimi and northeast over the Mediterranean Sea.