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Intense Dust Storm Obscures Persian Gulf – March 9th, 2010

26.8N 51.5E

March 9th, 2010 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Dust in Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman - March 5th, 2010

Dust in Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman - March 5th, 2010

Persian Gulf

Persian Gulf

Close-up of Strait of Hormuz

Close-up of Strait of Hormuz

Sand blows over the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman from a huge dust storm in early March. Since such dust storms are generally more common in Iraq and Kuwait in summer, it is likely that a storm system is responsible for stirring up the particles.

The main image focuses on the lower part of the Persian Gulf and shows the dust spreading to the east into the Gulf of Oman. Iran is visible to the north, while Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Oman can be seen to the south.

The first complementary image shows the upper part of the Persian Gulf as well, barely visible due to the great amount of dust particles in the atmosphere. The other two complementary images are close-ups that show the dust over the Strait of Hormuz and Qatar.

Close-up of Qatar

Close-up of Qatar

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