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Spectacular Eruption of Mount Etna – November 17th, 2013

37.7N 14.9E

November 19th, 2013 Category: Volcanoes VIIRSSuomi-NPP

Italy – November 17th, 2013

Visible in the center of this image is Mount Etna, in Sicily, Italy. A white cloud of ash and steam can be seen spewing forth from the volcano, which is already erupting for the third time in 2013 (previous ones were on 11 April and 26 October). Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity.

Sediments Flowing Off Coast of Sicily Towards Malta

37.5N 14.0E

May 27th, 2013 Category: Sediments

Italy – May 26th, 2013

Sediments, possibly mixed with phytoplankton growth, cling to the southern coast of Sicily, Italy, and stream southwards off the southeastern tip of the island towards the archipelago composing the Republic of Malta (below).

Dust Plume Stretching from Tunisia to Sicily, Italy

33.8N 10.8E

May 22nd, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Mediterranean – May 22nd, 2013

A thick plume of dust blows off the coast of Tunisia and over the Mediterranean Sea, fanning out as it spreads towards Sicily, in southern Italy. The dust obscures much of the Gulf of Gabès, the Kerkennah Islands and Djerba.

Plume of Ash from Mount Etna, Italy – April 13th, 2013

37.7N 15.0E

April 13th, 2013 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Italy – April 12th, 2013

A plume of ash billows forth from the caldera of Mount Etna, on the Italian island of Sicily, and blows due southeastward over the Mediterranean Sea. According to ground reports, the volcano has experienced  a series of paroxysms with lava fountains since the first week of April, and is now also experiencing vulcanian activity – truly explosive activity characterised by a dense cloud of ash-laden gas exploding from the crater and rising high above the peak. These are not something normally seen on Etna where ‘Strombolian’ activity is more common.

Massive Dust Storm Obscures Gulf of Sidra, Reaches Far Over Mediterranean – March 30th, 2013

32.4N 18.2E

March 30th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Libya – March 30th, 2013

In what has become an almost constant occurrence in Libya this month, once again, a thick plume of dust blows across the northern part of the country and out over the Mediterranean. Here, the plume is thickest over the Gulf of Sidra – so dense, in fact, that it appears almost as an extension of Libya’s land. It extends far north over the sea, between Greece (above, center) and Sicily (above, left edge). Increased frequency and intensity of dust storms is a sign of climate change.