Dust from the Sahara Desert blows over the Gulf of Sidra (Khalij Surt), a body of water in the Mediterranean Sea on the northern coast of Libya. The gulf measures 439 kilometres (273 mi) from the promontory of Boreum (now Ras Teyonas) on the East side to the promontory of Cephalae (Ras Kasr Hamet) on the West.
The biggest, thickest plume blows northward just east of the coastal city of Banghazi (Benghazi). Smaller plumes occur east of that plume, and small plumes also blow over the Khalij Surt. Shifting air currents have given the cloud of dust an uneven distribution, although it appears thicker to the west.
Dust storms are a regular occurrence in Libya, where sand seas span hundreds of kilometers and only about 1 percent of the land is arable. Dust-laden winds can last up to four days at a time in the spring and fall. Unlike the bone-dry desert interior, Libya’s coast enjoys a relatively moist Mediterranean climate where winter rains water vegetation. The difference in land cover is apparent in the rich green hues, not quite hidden by the dust plumes, east of Banghazi. (EarthObservatory)
If you value what we do here, create your ad-free account and support our journalism.
Producing content you read on this website takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work. If you value what we do here, select the level of your support and register your account.
Your support makes this project fully self-sustainable and keeps us independent and focused on the content we love to create and share.
All our supporters can browse the website without ads, allowing much faster speeds and a clean interface. Your comments will be instantly approved and you’ll have a direct line of communication with us from within your account dashboard. You can suggest new features and apps and you’ll be able to use them before they go live.
You can choose the level of your support.
Stay kind, vigilant and ready!