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Salt Flats of Chott el Djerid and Sediments Along Coast of Tunisia

33.9N 10.3E

April 26th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Phytoplankton, Salt Flats, Sediments

Libya and Tunisia - April 14th, 2012

Bright blue and green sediments and phytoplankton can be observed in the Gulf of Gabes and all along the shores of Tunisia, stretching to the Libyan coastline as well. The color is darker green in the Gulf of Gabes and around the Kerkennah Islands, and bright blue east of Djerba.

Further inland, the Chott el Djerid appears as a large, dark tan area. It is a large endorheic salt lake in southern Tunisia and the largest salt pan of the Sahara, with a surface area of over 7,000 km2. South of Chott el Djerid, the Grand Erg Oriental desert begins.

Sediments Near Djerba, Tunisia, and Haruj Volcanic Field, Libya

27.1N 17.4E

January 9th, 2012 Category: Volcanoes

Libya - January 9th, 2012

In the upper left quadrant, bluish sediments can be observed around Djerba, the largest island of North Africa, located in the Gulf of Gabes, off the coast of Tunisia. The island has a surface area of 514 km²,

Visible to the southeast is the Haruj, a large volcanic field spread across 45,000 km2 (17,000 sq mi) in central Libya. Appearing here as a large brown area amidst the yellow desert sands, it contains about 150 volcanoes, including numerous basaltic scoria cones and about 30 small shield volcanoes, along with craters and lava flows.

Sediments in Gulf of Gabes and Sahara Desert Features, Tunisia

33.6N 8.3E

November 24th, 2011 Category: Deserts

Tunisia and Algeria - November 23rd, 2011

Greenish sediments can be seen in the Gulf of Gabes off the coast of Tunisia between the Kerkennah Islands and Djerba. The former (north) is an archipelago with an area of 160 km2, while the latter (south) is the largest island of North Africa, with a surface area of 514 km².

Visible to the west of the gulf, further inland, is a large tan area, known as the Chott el Djerid. It is a large, endorheic salt lake in southern Tunisia and the largest salt pan of the Sahara Desert. The golden area of desert south of the Chott el Djerid is the Grand Erg Oriental, a sand dune sea stretching across Algeria to Tunisia.

Golden Sands of the Grand Erg Oriental, Algeria and Tunisia

31.5N 7.4E

October 17th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Salt Flats

Tunisia and Algeria - October 13th, 2011

Greenish sediments can be seen in the Gulf of Gabes off the coast of Tunisia between the Kerkennah Islands, an archipelago with an area of 160 km2, and Djerba (south of the former), the largest island of North Africa at 514 km².

The large tan area inland, west of Djerba, is the Chott el Djerid, a large endorheic salt lake in southern Tunisia. It is the largest salt pan of the Sahara Desert. Moving southward, one comes to the golden yellow expanse of the Grand Erg Oriental, a sand dune sea stretching across Algeria to Tunisia.

Coastline of North Africa from Djerba, Tunisia, to Tripoli, Libya

32.8N 13.1E

October 10th, 2011 Category: Deserts

Libya - October 3rd, 2011

This orthorectified image shows part of the coastline of Libya, from the border with Tunisia near Djerba (upper left corner) to beyond Tripoli. At 1,770 kilometres (1,100 mi), Libya’s coastline is the longest of any African country bordering the Mediterranean.

The climate is mostly dry and desertlike in nature, with most of the country covered by the Libyan Desert. However, the northern regions enjoy a milder Mediterranean climate.

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