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Dust Over Southern Red Sea

17.3N 39.6E

September 12th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Red Sea – August 30th, 2012

A dust storm or sand storm is a meteorological phenomenon common in arid and semi-arid regions. Dust storms arise when a gust front or other strong wind blows loose sand and dirt from a dry surface. Particles are transported by saltation and suspension, a process that moves soil from one place and deposits it in another. Here, there appears to be a transference of dust between the Sahara Desert in Africa and the drylands of the Arabian peninsula. Both regions are the main terrestrial sources of airborne dust.

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