Dust Storm Spreads from Africa to Middle East
An intense dust storm is spreading sands from Africa to the Middle East. In the main image, strong winds carry sand from Egypt, over the Mediterranean Sea, and into Jordan, Syria and Iraq.
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The first close-up gives a detailed look at the sands blowing across the shoreline. The ridged pattern, visible both over land and above the sea, is caused by the granules in the wind.
The second close-up focuses on the strong wind blowing the sand over Syria.
The final two images depict the more southern portion of the storm, which covers Saudi Arabia, the Red Sea, parts of Ethiopia and Sudan.