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Several large, thick plumes of desert dust (brownish pixels) were blowing from Egypt and Libya northward over the Mediterranean Sea, on January 12, 2003. The Greek island of Crete is partially obscured by the dust in the upper lefthand corner of this scene. The island of Cyprus is in the upper righthand of this image, just to the east of the dust plume. Roughly in the center, the Nile Delta fans out in green against the surrounding desert. Southeast of the island of Cyprus, snow dusts the mountains in Lebanon. This true-color image was acquired on Jan. 12 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite.
Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC