Dust Plumes off Libya

Dust Plumes off Libya

Dust plumes blew over Banghazi (Benghazi) in mid-January 2013. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on January 15, 2013, as plumes blew toward the north-northwest over the coastal city.

Away from the coast, which enjoys a Mediterranean climate, the Libyan landscape consists largely of sand seas. Only about 1 percent of the land is arable, and dust storms rank among the country’s leading natural hazards.

  1. References

  2. CIA World Factbook. (2013, January 7) Libya. Accessed January 17, 2013.

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  • Data Date:

    January 15, 2013
  • Visualization Date:

    January 17, 2013
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS


NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration