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Thick Dust Over Iran and Phytoplankton in Persian Gulf – March 22nd, 2012

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March 22nd, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Fires, Image of the day

Dust Over Iran - March 19th, 2012

An extremely thick cloud of dust hangs over Iran and spreads off the country’s coast in the upper right quadrant, over the Gulf of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz. Dust storms have been plaguing the Arabian Peninsula and nearby countries over the last few days (click here for previous images).

A phytoplankton bloom colors the Persian Gulf bright turquoise on the left side of the side, near the coast of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. The flying dust may have carried extra nutrients to the water, encouraging the growth of the tiny organisms.

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