Dust over the Arabian Sea

on February 25, 2012 8:31 AM EST

Dust over the Arabian Sea
Dust plumes stretched southward over the Arabian Sea in late February 2012. (Photo: NASA Jeff Schmaltz)

Dust plumes stretched southward over the Arabian Sea in late February 2012. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite acquired this natural-color image on February 22, 2012. The thickest plume arises just west of the Iran-Pakistan border. Thinner plumes blow southward along the entire coast of Pakistan.

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Sandy deserts cover much of southern Pakistan and Iran, and the sand seas of that region often give rise to dust storms. Sandy deserts also cover large parts of Oman, although little of the dust in this image arises from that country.

Source: NASA Earth Obervatory

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