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Persian Gulf and Caspian Sea Veiled by Dust

April 21st, 2009 Category: Dust Storms

Dust over the Persian Gulf - April 16th, 2009

Dust over the Persian Gulf - April 16th, 2009

Sand blows northward from Saudi Arabia (below), over the Persian Gulf, into Kuwait (center left), Iraq (upper left) and Iran (right).

The northwestern end of the Persian Gulf is almost completely obscured by dust particles.

In the full image, the plume of dust curves northeastward, arching over Azerbaijan on the west coast of the Caspian Sea, and Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan on the sea’s eastern coast. The Caspian Sea itself is covered by a mix of dust and clouds, with only its northern end visible.

At the same time, dust was also blowing farther south, creating rippled and V-shaped patterns over the Red Sea near Eritrea and Yemen’s Hanish Islands (click here for article).

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