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Dust Over Gulf of Sidra and Nile Delta, Libya and Egypt – March 2nd, 2013

31.8N 24.6E

March 2nd, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Libya and Egypt – March 2nd, 2013

A plume of dust from the Sahara Desert blows in a reverse S-shape off the coast of Libya, across the Gulf of Sidra and over the Mediterranean Sea (upper left quadrant). In the full image, dust can also be seen blowing to the east, over the Nile Delta, in northern Egypt.

Dust Near Cape Verde Islands – February 4th, 2013

11.9N 15W

February 4th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

West Africa – February 2nd, 2013

Dust from the Sahara Desert blows off the coast of Mauritania, Senegal, the Gambia and Guinea Bissau (top to bottom, right side of image), towards the Cape Verde islands (upper left quadrant). As the dust appears thickest offshore, the Senegal River (upper right, forming the border between Senegal and Mauritania), the Gambia River (center of coastline) and the Geba River (lower part of coastline, marked by a wide, sediment-filled estuary) can be observed.

Dust Over Niger and Nigeria

13.4N 12.6E

February 2nd, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Chad – February 1st, 2013

Dust from the Sahara Desert veils the skies over Chad, Niger and Nigeria (counter-clockwise from upper right). The dust is less thick in Chad and by Lake Chad, where the three countries share borders. The dust also clears in northern Niger, where the Aïr Mountains are visible upon opening the full image.

Thick Dust Over Gulf of Sidra, Libya

30.9N 17.8E

January 30th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Libya – January 24th, 2013

The Gulf of Sidra is an arm of the Mediterranean Sea, indenting the Libyan coast of northern Africa. It extends eastward for 275 mi (443 km) from Miṣrātah to Banghāzī. A highway links scattered oases along its shore, which is chiefly desert, with salt marshes. Salt flats are scattered along the coast. Here, a thick cloud of dust from the Sahara Desert blows off the coast of Libya, covering most of the gulf, and stretching northward across the Mediterranean.

Dust Over Tibesti Mountains, Libya and Chad

21.5N 18.1E

January 29th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Mountains

Chad and Libya – January 28th, 2013

The Tibesti Mountains are a volcanic group of inactive volcanoes with one potentially active volcano in the central Sahara desert in the Bourkou-Ennedi-Tibesti Region of northern Chad. The northern slopes extend a short distance into southern Libya. Here, the usually dark brown slopes appear light tan in places due to a veil of airborn dust particles blown about from the surrounding desert. In the full image, a larger cloud of dust can be seen to the south.