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Plume of Dust Below Italy

39.6N 11.8E

May 18th, 2009 Category: Dust Storms

Plume of dust below Italy - May 17th, 2009

Plume of dust below Italy - May 17th, 2009

A plume of dust from the Middle East or Northeastern Africa sweeps under southern Italy, over Malta, around Sicily and over the tip of Tunisia (bottom left).

It then curves upwards, passing between Sicily and Sardinia, and over part of the latter, before finally reaching the central Italian coastline.

In the full image, sediments can be seen hugging the southern and eastern shores of Sicily, as well as those of the Gulf of Tunis. The coastline of mainland Italy, is mostly clear, except for an outpouring of sediments around the mouth of the River Po and Venice (upper left).

Algal Bloom Along Southern Coast of Sicily – November 27th, 2008

November 27th, 2008 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Sicily, Italy - November 26th, 2008

Sicily, Italy - November 26th, 2008

Here, an algal bloom along the southern coast of Sicily, Italy, from the city of Marsala (west) to Portopalo di Capo Passero (east).

The bloom trails out into the ocean from the southeast, curving down towards the island nation of Malta (below).

The eastern coast of Sicily, on the other hand, is free of algae. Near this coastline, we can see some snowfall on Mount Etna as well as some smoke blowing eastward from the volcano. In the northeast tip of the island we can also see the Strait of Messina, between Sicily and mainland Italy.