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Dust Plume from Turkmenistan Over Caspian Sea – August 17th, 2011

39.4N 53.1E

August 17th, 2011 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Caspian Sea - July 26th, 2011

A plume of dust blows off a peninsula in Turkmenistan’s Balkan Province, near the city of Hazar, and over the Caspian Sea. Although most of the dust blows due northwestward, some can be seen moving southeastwards in a circular motion.

Visible along the southern shores of the sea are the Alborz Mountains. This mountain rangeĀ forms a barrier between the south Caspian and the Qazvin-Tehran plateau. It is located in northern Iran and stretches from the borders of Azerbaijan and Armenia in the northwest to the southern end of the Caspian Sea, and ending in the east at the borders of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.

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