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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.

Gulf of Gabès, Tunisia

33.8N 10.8E

May 26th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Tunisian coast - May 17th, 2009

Tunisian coast - May 17th, 2009

The eastern coast of Tunisia is framed by water with a greenish tint, particularly along the shores of the Gulf of Gabès.

The gulf is 100 kilometers long and wide, with the Kerkennah Islands on the northeast and Djerba Island on the southeast. It has a large tidal range, 2.5 meters at spring tides.

Phytoplankton growth probably contributes to the green tinge, as the Gulf of Gabès has been shown to have higher phytoplankton concentrations than other areas along the Mediterranean coast, particularly during the summer months.

Scientists have expressed concern over phytoplankton growth and the degradation of water quality in the gulf due to eutrophication, an increase in chemical nutrients in an ecosystem, reports Scientia Magazine.

Eutrophication can negatively affect an ecosystem by increasing its primary productivity (excessive plant growth and decay), and thus causing lack of oxygen and severe reductions in water quality, fish, and other animal populations. Scientists warn that such an occurence in the Gulf of Gabes may have significant socioeconomic consequences.

Mountain Ranges of Cyprus

January 26th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Cyprus - December 2nd, 2008

Cyprus - December 2nd, 2008

Cyprus, an island country situated in the eastern Mediterranean Sea south of Turkey, is the third largest island in the Mediterranean.

A United Nations administered buffer zone runs through the center of the island, dividing it into a northern zone administered by Turkish Cypriots and a southern zone administered by Greek Cypriots.

The green Troodos Mountains are easily recognizable. It is the biggest mountain range in Cyprus, stretching across most of the western side of the island.

Another thinner range, the Kyrenia Mountain Range, is visible to the North. It is a long, narrow chain of mountains that runs approximately 160 km (100 mi) along the north coast. The mountains are primarily limestone, with some marble. The western half of the range is also known as the Pentadactylos (“five fingers”) mountains.

The area between this two mountain ranges is drier and flatter.

Kvarner Gulf, Croatia

December 30th, 2008 Category: Snapshots

Croatia - December 9th, 2008

Croatia - December 9th, 2008

The Kvarner Gulf is a bay in the northern Adriatic Sea, located between the Istrian peninsula (left) and the northern Croatian seacoast.

The bay is notable for its depth, which allows for the city of Rijeka, at its northernmost point, visible in white along the shoreline near the top, to have a sea port that can handle large ships such as tankers. Several ships are visible near the port in the image.

Several islands are visible offshore, the largest of which are Cres (left),  Krk (center), Rab (right) and Pag (lower right).

The main portion of the Kvarner Bay is that between the mainland, Cres and Krk. A smaller body of water located between Cres, Krk, Rab and Pag is called Kvarnerić (the little Kvarner).

Thanks to the radar imaging, it is possible to see the water currents in the bay.

Cres and Krk are the largest Adriatic islands, with an area of 405.78 km². Krk is the most populous one, with numerous towns and villages totalling 17,860 (2001).

Although Pab is the fifth largest island on the Croatian coast in terms of area, it is the one with the longest coastline.

Rab is particular because whilte the northeastern side of the island is mostly barren, the southwestern side is covered by one of the oak forests of the Mediterranean.

Sierra Nevada, Spain – December 30th, 2008

December 30th, 2008 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Sierra Nevada and Granada, Spain - November 18th, 2008

Sierra Nevada and Granada, Spain - November 18th, 2008

Clearly visible from its white caps in the lower portion of the image is the Sierra Nevada, near the city of Granada, in the region of Andalusia, Spain.

Meaning “snowy range” in Spanish, it contains the highest point of continental Spain, Mulhacén, at 3,479 metres (11,414 ft).

It is the southernmost skiing area in Europe, very close to the Mediterranean Sea, an area usually known for its warm temperatures and abundant sunshine.

Central to the mountain range is a ridge running broadly west-south-west to east-north-east. For a substantial distance, the watershed stays consistently above 3000m in altitude.

On the southern side of the range, several long but narrow river valleys lead off towards the south-west, separated by a number of subsidiary ridges.

On the steeper and craggier northern side, the valleys have less regular orientations.

source Wikipedia