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Dust Storms Continue to Affect Northern Libya and Gulf of Sidra

31.8N 17.7E

March 25th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Libya – March 24th, 2013

Dust storms – occurring frequently in northern Libya since early March (click here for previous images) – continue to the country. Here, dust blows over the Gulf of Sidra, which measures 439 kilometres (273 mi) from one side to the other. The dust coming off the promontory of Ras Teyonas, on the East side,  blows northwestward, while off the promontory of Ras Kasr Hamet, on the West, it blows northeastward.

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.

Dust Over Gulf of Sidra, Libya

30.9N 17.8E

March 18th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Libya – March 10th, 2013

Dust blows northeastward over the Gulf of Sidra, a body of water in the Mediterranean Sea on the northern coast of Libya. The gulf measures 439 kilometres (273 mi) from the promontory of Boreum (now Ras Teyonas) on the East side to the promontory of Cephalae (Ras Kasr Hamet) on the West. The greatest extension of the gulf inland is 177 kilometres (110 mi) land inward and occupies an area of 57,000 square kilometers.

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

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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.