March 30, 2023 - Dust Storm in Libya

Dust in Libya

A pale veil of dust blew across Libya in late March 2023. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired a true-color image of dust storm on March 29.

Sitting in Northern Africa, Libya is the fourth-largest country in Africa and the 16th-largest country in the World. The country enjoys a long coast along the Mediterranean Sea, where most of the population resided. Inland is a dry, difficult landscape that alternates between large sand seas and rocky outcroppings. Only about 1 percent of the land is arable, and dust storms are one of the country’s leading natural hazards.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 3/29/2023
Resolutions: 1km (878 KB), 500m (2.2 MB), 250m (1.2 MB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC