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Arabian Peninsula Still Veiled by Airborne Dust

21.9N 45.9E

June 17th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms MODISAqua

Arabian Peninsula – June 17th, 2013

Dust continues to blow about the Arabian Peninsula. Here, it is most concentrated over the southern part of the Red Sea (lower left), Yemen, Oman and the Gulf of Aden (lower right). Some plumes can also been seen blowing southward over the Persian Gulf (upper right).

Dust Blowing Over and Around Arabian Peninsula

19.9N 46.6E

June 14th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms VIIRSSuomi-NPP

Arabian Peninsula – June 12th, 2013

Dust blows in the air over and around the Arabian Peninsula, covering the southern half of the Red Sea (left) and part of the Persian Gulf, near Qatar (upper right), where a thicker dust plume blows northwest-souteast. The veil of dust also extends southward over the Gulf of Aden and Arabian Sea (lower right).

Dust Arching Over Persian Gulf, from Iraq to Saudi Arabia

29.2N 49.2E

June 3rd, 2013 Category: Dust Storms VIIRSSuomi-NPP

Persian Gulf – June 1st, 2013

Plumes of dust arch southeastward and then southwestward from the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab, in Iraq, between the borders of Iran (upper right) and Kuwait (upper left), across the northern part of the Persian Gulf, to Saudi Arabia. Since uninhabited sandy deserts comprise most of Saudi Arabia‚Äôs and the Middle East’s land surface, it is easy for strong winds to pick up dust and create storms over the region.

Dust Storm in Southern Arabian Peninsula

18.6N 50.2E

April 12th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Arabian Peninsula – April 7th, 2013

Dust, likely originating in the Rub al’Khali Desert, blows about the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula, particularly over Yemen, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. The Rub’ al Khali, or Empty Quarter, is the largest sand desert in the world, encompassing most of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula with its 650,000 square kilometres (250,000 sq mi) in area.

Dust Over Iraq and Syria

33.5N 36.3E

March 23rd, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Middle East – March 23rd, 2013

A plume of dust hangs over Iraq, near the border with Syria, on the right side of this image. The dust spreads southward over the Arabian Peninsula, but does not reach west to the mountainous Sinai Peninsula and Egypt (left). A more frequent recurrence of dust storms can be a sign of desertification and climate change.

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