Dust Storm Over Iran24.8N 58.3E
A dust storm can be seen spreading over eastern Iran and western Pakistan in this image. The dust blows southward, over the coast of the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman and Strait of Hormuz (right to left). In Iran, dust storms rank among the leading natural hazards. The fact that the country is mostly arid or semiarid, other than the subtropical climate of the Caspian Sea coast, creates favorable conditions for airborn dust.