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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.

Dust Plume Over Gulf of Sidra, Libya

31.7N 20.0E

April 29th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Volcanoes

Libya - April 28th, 2012

A plume of dust blows off the coast of Libya, over the Gulf of Sidra. The dust is blowing off the western side of the promontory of Boreum, also known as Ras Teyonas, over the eastern part of the gulf. While most of the image is covered by the sands of the Libyan Desert, visible at the bottom edge is the darker brown Haruj Volcanic Field.

Haruj Volcanic Field and Desert Agriculture in Libya – February 3rd, 2012

27.4N 20.0E

February 3rd, 2012 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Volcanoes

Libya - December 30th, 2011

Close-up of agriculture

The large, dark brown area in the Libyan Desert on the left side of the main image is the Haruj, a large volcanic field. It spreads across 45,000 km2 (17,000 sq mi) in central Libya, and contains about 150 volcanoes, including numerous basaltic scoria cones and about 30 small shield volcanoes, along with craters and lava flows.

Near the right edge of the main image, and visible at a greater magnification in the close-up, is desert agriculture. These fields appear circular due to center-pivot irrigation (sometimes called central pivot irrigation or circle irrigation), a method of crop irrigation in which equipment rotates around a pivot, creating a circular pattern in crops when viewed from above.

Haruj Volcanic Field in Central Libya

27.1N 17.4E

January 16th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Volcanoes

Libya - December 29th, 2011

Haruj is 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.

One particularly large lava flow can be observed along the western flanks of the field, appearing as a dark brown, slightly smoother area. Surrounding the field are the yellow sands of the Libyan Desert. In the full image, rows of sand dunes can be observed.

Coastline of North Africa from Djerba, Tunisia, to Tripoli, Libya

32.8N 13.1E

October 10th, 2011 Category: Deserts

Libya - October 3rd, 2011

This orthorectified image shows part of the coastline of Libya, from the border with Tunisia near Djerba (upper left corner) to beyond Tripoli. At 1,770 kilometres (1,100 mi), Libya’s coastline is the longest of any African country bordering the Mediterranean.

The climate is mostly dry and desertlike in nature, with most of the country covered by the Libyan Desert. However, the northern regions enjoy a milder Mediterranean climate.