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Dust from Arabian Desert Over Red Sea

27.9N 38.7E

April 24th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Dust Storms

Red Sea - April 15th, 2011

A plume of dust originating in Saudi Arabia can be seen blowing southwestward over the Red Sea, towards Egypt and Sudan.

In the upper part of the image, a cloud of dust can also be seen spreading northwestward in a fan shape towards the Sinai Peninsula, Jordan, Israel/Palestine and Syria.

The dust is from the Arabian Desert, a vast desert wilderness with an area of 2,330,000 square kilometers (900,000 square miles) that occupies most of the Arabian Peninsula. The climate is extremely dry, and temperatures oscillate between extreme heat and seasonal night time freezes.

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