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Light Dust Plumes Over Red Sea

21.8N 37.8E

January 18th, 2011 Category: Dust Storms, Mountains, Volcanoes

Saudi Arabia - December 26th, 2010

The Red Sea is a seawater inlet of the Indian Ocean, lying between Africa and Asia. The connection to the ocean is in the south through the Bab el Mandeb strait and the Gulf of Aden. In the north, there is the Sinai Peninsula, the Gulf of Aqaba, and the Gulf of Suez (leading to the Suez Canal).

In the full image, several faint plumes of dust can be seen blowing southwestward from Saudi Arabia, over the sea. Also visible near the Saudi Arabian coast are several ridges of mountains that include volcanoes and dark brown lava flows.

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