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Dust Storm Blows Sands over Persian Gulf

March 13th, 2009 Category: Dust Storms

Dust storm, Arabian Peninsula - March 13th, 2009

Dust storm, Arabian Peninsula - March 13th, 2009

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - March 10th, 2009 © Jad Saab, AP

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Sands swept up by a dust storm continue to blue over the Persian Gulf.

A huge sandstorm blew through Kuwait and parts of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, causing flight and traffic delays and suspension of oil exports in the region.

The photograph shows a wall of sand crossing over Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Authorities reported that visibility was reduced to zero.

In the satellite image, sands are visible over Kuwait (center left) and parts of Iraq (upper left) and Saudi Arabia (lower left). The skies above Iran (top) appear clear.

The central part of the Persian Gulf is also less affected, while sands are again present over the Strait of Hormuz (right), which connects the former to the Gulf of Oman.

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