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Dust Blowing Over Iran-Pakistan Border and Near Khor Kalmat

25.4N 64.0E

November 19th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Iran and Pakistan – November 18th, 2012

Sands blow off the coast of Pakistan, in a southwestward direction, over the Arabian Sea. The thickest and westernmost dust plume actually blows right over the Iran-Pakistan border. The second thickest plume, also the easternmost, is located near Khor Kalmat, a lagoon along the Makran coast of Balochistan, Pakistan.

Sand Dunes and Mountains in Kharan Desert Region, Pakistan

October 10th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Pakistan - September 6th, 2009

Pakistan - September 6th, 2009

The Kharan Desert is a mountainous desert located in Kharan District, in the north-west of Pakistan’s Balochistan province. The desert climate is characterised by hot and very arid conditions.

The desert includes areas of sand dunes (above) and ridges of hills and mountains (below).  The ridges sweep in a southwest to northeast direction and are separated by lower valleys, easily observed in this orthorectified image.

The Kharan Desert was also the site of Pakistan’s second nuclear test, which took place in 1998.

Dust Spreads off Coast of Pakistan’s Province of Balochistan

25.4N 63.9E

May 18th, 2009 Category: Dust Storms

Dust blowing off Iranian coast - May 17th, 2009

Dust blowing off Iranian coast - May 17th, 2009

Sand blows off the coast of Pakistan (upper right), near the border with Iran (upper left), and over the Arabian Sea east of Oman (bottom left). The area of Pakistan visible is part of the Makran region of Balochistan Province, which is the largest province in the country by geographical area, constituting approximately 44% of Pakistan’s total area.

Much of the southern part of the province is sparse desert terrain with pockets of towns mostly near rivers and streams. While coastal winters may be mild, summers are hot and dry. Occasionally strong windstorms make these areas very inhospitable, whipping up dust and sand as seen here.