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Large Dust Cloud from Saudi Arabia Reaching Across Red Sea – May 10th, 2011

23.4N 36.9E

May 10th, 2011 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Red Sea - May 2nd, 2011

A large cloud of dust blows from Saudi Arabia and out over the Red Sea, towards Egypt and Sudan. Such dust clouds often result from the sand of the Rub al’Khali Desert or the fine sediments along Saudi Arabia‚Äôs west coast.

Inland from the coast, the landscape of Saudi Arabia appears rugged and rocky, darker in color than the fine sediments that can easily give rise to dust plumes.

To the west, the Nile River appears as a thick green ribbon in Egypt, and Lake Nasser, on the Egypt-Sudan border, appears silver in color due to sun glint.

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