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Dust Over Somalia and Surud Mountains

10.8N 48.3E

June 7th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Dust Over Somalia - June 6th, 2012

Dust blows from the Arabian Peninsula, probably originating in the Rub al Khali desert, across the Gulf of Aden, to Somalia. While most of the terrain in Somalia is obscured by the airborne dust, the dark ridge of the Surud Mountain Range appears as a dark greenish brown line parallel to the northern coast of Somalia on the “Horn of Africa”.

Gulf of Aden Separating Yemen and Somalia

12.5N 48.2E

February 13th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Mountains

Somalia - January 17th, 2011

This image shows the southern coast of Yemen (above), with a small section of the southern coast of Oman visible in the upper right corner.

Those two countries, on the Arabian Peninsula, are separated from Somalia (below) by the Gulf of Aden. Visible off the coast of Somalia, near the right edge, is the island of Socotra. Some of the land near the lower left corner belongs to Ethiopia.

Most of the terrain is arid desert. The light tan terrain in Yemen is part of the sandy desert of the Rub’ al Khali. Some green vegetation is visible, however, in Somalia along the slopes of the Surud Mountain Range, parallel to the coast.

Surud Mountains and Shebelle River in Somalia and Ethiopia – December 25th, 2010

8.0N 47.3E

December 25th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Mountains, Rivers

Somalia and Ethiopia - December 22nd, 2010

Much of the terrain of Somalia and eastern Ethiopia’s Somali Region visible in this image appears rusty red in color, although some sandy tan colored areas can be observed in Somalia to the northeast.

The seemingly narrow green line parallel to the coast along the Gulf of Aden is Somalia’s Surud Mountain Range. The light green line cutting diagonally northwest to southeast across the lower left quadrant is the Shebelle River, which begins in the highlands of Ethiopia, and then flows southeast into Somalia towards Mogadishu.

Surud Mountains and Cape Hafun, Somalia

10.1N 49.1E

November 19th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Somalia - November 9th, 2010

The landscape of Somalia appears mostly dry, and consists mainly of plateaus, plains and highlands. The dark, greenish lines parallel to the country’s northern coast along the Gulf of Aden, are the ridges of the Surud Mountain Range.

Visible in the upper right quadrant, on Somalia’s eastern coast, is Hafun (Somali: Xaafuun), a 40 km long low-lying peninsula in the Bari region. The promontory juts out into the Indian Ocean, where it is known as Ras Hafun or Raas Xaafuun (“Cape Hafun”).

Surud Mountains Parallel to Gulf of Aden Coast, Somalia

11.0N 47.9E

February 20th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Somalia - February 16th, 2010

Somalia - February 16th, 2010

The dark line along the northern coast of Somalia, parallel to the Gulf of Aden, marks the crests of the Surud Mountain Range in the country’s Maakhir region. The highest peak in Somalia, Mount Shimbiris, at 2450 meters above sea level, is found in this range.

Somalia has the longest coastline on the African continent. Its terrain consists mainly of plateaus, plains, and highlands. Major climatic factors are a year-round hot climate, seasonal monsoon winds, and irregular rainfall. Mean daily maximum temperatures range from 30 °C (86 °F) to 40 °C (104 °F), except at higher elevations and along the east coast. Mean daily minimums usually vary from about 15 °C (59 °F) to 30 °C (86 °F).