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Dust Over Taklamakan Desert Obscures Khotan River

38.7N 80.2E

November 12th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Dust Storms

China – November 10th, 2012

A dust storm has been affecting the Taklamakan Desert since early November (click here for previous images). Here, the dust appears to float in the air primarily over the western half of the desert, almost completely obscuring geographical features such as the Khotan River, which can usually be seen as a green line crossing the desert from south to north.

Dust Storm in Bodélé Depression

16.7N 16.4E

October 23rd, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Chad – October 21st, 2012

Light, almost white dust can be seen blowing about the Bodélé Depression, located at the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, in Chad, in north central Africa. It is the lowest point in the country. Dust storms from the Bodélé Depression occur on average about 100 days per year. As the wind sweeps between the Tibesti and the Ennedi Mountains in Northern Chad, it is channeled across the depression. Here, the dust can be seen spreading past Lake Chad (green, bottom center).

Dust Along Northern Edge of Taklamakan Desert, China

39.3N 82.7E

September 20th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

China – September 3rd, 2012

The Taklamakan Desert, in China, appears partially veiled by airborne dust particles lifted by strong winds in a sand storm. Most of the airborne dust appears concentrated along the northern rim of the Tarim Basin, where it is prevented from spreading further by the tall Tian Shan Mountains.

Dust Over Red Sea and Arabian Peninsula

20.2N 48.7E

July 10th, 2010 Category: Dust Storms

Arabian Peninsula - June 30th, 2010

Arabian Peninsula - June 30th, 2010

Dust over Red Sea

Dust over Red Sea

Dust blows over and around the Arabian Peninsula. Some can be seen in the air above the Persian Gulf (top), while a denser concentration is visible over the Red Sea (bottom left and close-up) and the Gulf of Aden (bottom center).

It is common to see airborne dust in this area, due to the arid climate of the Arabian Peninsula, Iran and the Sahara Desert in Africa. Such dust storms arise when a gust front blows loose sand and dust from a dry surface.

Dust Over Caspian Sea – July 9th, 2010

39.5N 53.2E

July 9th, 2010 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day, Mountains, Sediments

Caspian Sea - June 30th, 2010

Caspian Sea - June 30th, 2010

A plume of dust blows diagonally northwestward from the eastern shores of the Caspian Sea. The dust originates on or near the peninsula on which the city of Hazar is situated. Hazar is in Turkmenistan, part of the Balkan Province, formerly Çeleken (also written Cheleken).

Also visible above the plume is Karabogas Bay, upper right, a shallow inundated depression in the northwestern corner of Turkmenistan that forms a bay on the Caspian Sea.

Most of the eastern shoreline of the sea appears lined with greenish sediments, while the western shoreline is clearer. The southern shoreline is parallel to a green mountain range, the Alborz Mountains of Iran.