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Dust Plumes Off Socotra Island

13.6N 53.6E

June 12th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Yemen and Somalia - June 9th, 2012

Dust hangs in the air over the Gulf of Aden, between Somalia (below) and the Arabian Peninsula (above). Most of the dust likely originated in the Rub’ al Khali, an immense sandy desert whose yellow and orange dunes are visible in the upper part of the image. While the dust appears thickest over the gulf to the west, a wide plume of dust can also be seen off a peninsula on the Somali coast (bottom center) and two thinner, parallel plumes can be observed blowing northeastward of the island of Socotra, belonging to Yemen.

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