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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 Over Bab-el-Mandeb Strait

12.5N 42.5E

June 9th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms MODISAqua

Red Sea – June 9th, 2013

Dust hangs over the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, which connects the Red Sea (upper left) to the Gulf of Aden (right). The dust is most concentrated over the nation of Djibouti and southern Eritrea, by the entrance to the strait itself, although it also veils parts of Yemen, Ethiopia and Somalia.

Dust Plume Over Jordan and Saudi Arabia

30.5N 38.2E

June 9th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms MODISAqua

Middle East – June 9th, 2013

A plume of dust blows in a diagonal line across northern Saudi Arabia and Jordan in the upper half of this image. Visible southeast of the plume is an area of circular, irrigated fields near the town of Tabarjal, in northern Saudi Arabia. In the full image, dust can be seen spreading over the southern part of the Red Sea as well.

Golden Sands Over the Atlantic Ocean

18.4N 18.1W

June 4th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms MODISTerra

West Africa – June 1st, 2013

A golden plume of dust spreads westward over the Atlantic Ocean, intermingled with cloud-cover. The plume blows off the coast of West Africa around the Mauritania-Senegal border, creating a yellowish veil over the mouth of the Senegal River (marking the border between the two countries) and the Bay of Arguin (in Mauritania, to the north).

Airborne Dust Over Niger and Mali

18.0N 9.0E

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

Niger and Mali – June 1st, 2013

A close inspection of this image reveals yellow dust blowing about in the air over Niger (right) and Mali (left). Mostly unaffected by the dust due to their high altitude are the Aïr Mountains. Lying in the midst of the Sahara Desert, with an average altitude between 500 and 900 m (1,600 and 3,000 ft), the mountains form an island of Sahel climate which supports a wide variety of life.

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