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Arabian Peninsula Still Veiled by Airborne Dust

21.9N 45.9E

June 17th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms MODISAqua

Arabian Peninsula – June 17th, 2013

Dust continues to blow about the Arabian Peninsula. Here, it is most concentrated over the southern part of the Red Sea (lower left), Yemen, Oman and the Gulf of Aden (lower right). Some plumes can also been seen blowing southward over the Persian Gulf (upper right).

Plume of Dust Blowing Across Iraq

30.0N 48.5E

June 16th, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Dust Storms MODISAqua

Iraq – June 16th, 2013

A plume of dust blows southeastward across Iraq, by the Tigris-Euphrates River Valley, across the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab and over the northern end of the Persian Gulf. Iraq is considered one of the region’s most vulnerable countries to climate change and it faces a unique set of environmental challenges.

Rising environmental degradation and increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, especially sand and dust storms, take an enormous toll on socio-economic life and human development across the region.

In Iraq, the Ministry of Environment recorded 122 dust-storms and 283 dusty days and sources suggest that within the next ten years, Iraq could witness 300 dust-storms per year. These projections underscore the urgent need for a concerted regional effort to address the phenomenon today (click here for more information).

Dust Blowing Over and Around Arabian Peninsula

19.9N 46.6E

June 14th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms VIIRSSuomi-NPP

Arabian Peninsula – June 12th, 2013

Dust blows in the air over and around the Arabian Peninsula, covering the southern half of the Red Sea (left) and part of the Persian Gulf, near Qatar (upper right), where a thicker dust plume blows northwest-souteast. The veil of dust also extends southward over the Gulf of Aden and Arabian Sea (lower right).

Dust Arching Over Persian Gulf, from Iraq to Saudi Arabia

29.2N 49.2E

June 3rd, 2013 Category: Dust Storms VIIRSSuomi-NPP

Persian Gulf – June 1st, 2013

Plumes of dust arch southeastward and then southwestward from the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab, in Iraq, between the borders of Iran (upper right) and Kuwait (upper left), across the northern part of the Persian Gulf, to Saudi Arabia. Since uninhabited sandy deserts comprise most of Saudi Arabia’s and the Middle East’s land surface, it is easy for strong winds to pick up dust and create storms over the region.

Dust Over Mouth of Shatt al-Arab, Iraq and Kuwait

29.9N 48.7E

June 2nd, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Rivers

Persian Gulf – June 1st, 2013

Dust blows off the coasts of Iraq (above) and Kuwait (left) and over the Persian Gulf. The plume of dust partially obscures the Shatt al-Arab, the river formed by the confluence of the Tigris and the Euphrates, and its mouth on the northern end of the gulf.

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