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Dust Over Red Sea, Sinai Peninsula and Mediterranean Sea

30.9N 33.9E

March 28th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Dust Over Arabian Peninsula - March 24th, 2012

Although the dust storm that has been moving sands all about the Arabian Peninsula and rest of the Middle East over the last week finally appears to be subsiding (click here for previous images), a thin veil of dust can still be observed over the northern part of the Red Sea, the Sinai Peninsula, and the eastern Mediterranean Sea (from bottom to top along the left edge). The dust over the Mediterranean does not quite reach the island nation of Cyprus, also visible by the left edge.

Dust Storm Over Arabian Peninsula Waning

22.6N 53.5E

March 26th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Dust Over Arabian Peninsula - March 22nd, 2012

Although the dust storm that has been affecting the Middle East over the last week appears to be waning (click here for previous images), a thin veil of dust can be seen blowing across the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman, between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Visible through the dust are sediments from the Shatt al’ Arab entering the northern part of the Persian Gulf, as well as a range of mountains parallel to the northeastern coast of Oman.

Dust Plume Over Mediterranean Sea and Sediments by Nile River Delta

33.2N 33.9E

March 22nd, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Lakes, Rivers, Sediments

Dust Over Mediterranean - March 19th, 2012

A plume of dust blows westward across Syria and the Middle East, north of the Dead Sea, and over the Mediterranean Sea. Visible northwest of the dust plume is the island-nation of Cyprus.

To the southwest of the dust plume, sediments line the shores of the Mediterranean, along the shores of the Nile Delta, visible as a fertile green triangle, and the Sinai Peninsula.

Dead Sea in Jordan Rift Valley, Middle East

31.5N 35.4E

October 7th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Middle East - October 2nd, 2011

Visible parallel to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea is the Dead Sea, a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, and its main tributary is the Jordan River.

Its surface and shores are 423 metres (1,388 ft) below sea level, the lowest elevation on the Earth’s surface. The Dead Sea is 377 m (1,237 ft) deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. With 33.7% salinity, it is also one of the world’s saltiest body of water, 8.6 times saltier than the ocean.

Cloud of Dust Over Eastern Mediterranean Sea – May 28th, 2011

32.5N 32.6E

May 28th, 2011 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Egypt - May 18th, 2011

A large cloud of dust hovers over the eastern Mediterranean Sea, north of Egypt and west of Israel/Palestine.

The dust apparently originates in the Middle East, as it appears densest near the right edge of the image, and is blown in a counter-clockwise curve by the wind.