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Dust Plumes From Arabian Peninsula Over Red Sea – February 4th, 2012

22.0N 39.5E

February 4th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Dust Over Red Sea - February 3rd, 2012

Close-up of dust

A dust storm blew over the Arabian Peninsula, with plumes of dust sweeping off the coast of Saudi Arabia and over the Red Sea in a counter-clockwise arc. Other parts of the sea also appear thinly veiled by dust in the atmosphere.

Dust storms are common in this region. At least some of the dust probably originated from the Rub’ al Khali Desert, a huge sand sea that spreads over parts of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates.

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