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Massive Sand Storm over Iraq – Update

September 16th, 2008 Category: Dust Storms

Sand Storm over Iraq - Earth ViewIraq

Sand Storm over Iraq - Earth View

Composite Image of 2 ASAR passes

Composite Image of 2 ASAR passes

From the false-colored image on the left, generated by two Envisat/ASAR passes on the 12th and 15th of September, the zones that have experienced changes can be seen in red within the grey square.

The sandstorm is not clearly visible since the radar images are not sensitive enough to detect the dust particles; however, we can clearly see the agitated lake surfaces in the zones hit by the storm.

The red lake in the lower portion of the image is Lake Tharthar, one of the largest lakes in Iraq, located 120 kilometers north of Baghdad (which appears in the image as a white area near the lake) between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers.

In the top right part of the image we can see Lake Urmia, the largest lake in Iran (and the second largest salt lake in the world), near Turkey. From the false-colored image we can tell that between the 12th and the 15th of September there have been changes, probably due to sediments.

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