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Dust Blowing Over Ahaggar and Tassili n’Ajjer Mountains in Algeria

23.1N 5.8E

July 8th, 2010 Category: Dust Storms, Mountains

Algeria - July 4th, 2010

Algeria - July 4th, 2010

Strong winds kick up clouds of sand and dust from the Sahara Desert over Algeria.The dust is whitish tan in color like the desert sands to the south, in contrast with the golden orange tones of the expansive ergs to the north.

The lower half of this image is mostly veiled by the shifting sands. Just below the center, the Ahaggar Mountains are mostly obscured; only the northwestern part of the range can be seen. In the upper half, several bands of dust can be seen blowing over the brown mountains of the Tassili n’Ajjer range.

Dust Plume Crossing Red Sea – June 30th, 2010

22.9N 36.5E

June 30th, 2010 Category: Dust Storms

Red Sea - June 29th, 2010

Red Sea - June 29th, 2010

A thick plume of dust blows off the coasts of Egypt and Sudan and over the Red Sea, towards Saudi Arabia. It appears to not quite reach the coastline of the Arabian Peninsula, possibly due to crosswinds.

Such plumes can be seen frequently in this region, as the arid climate of the Sahara Desert in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula are the main sources of airborne dust.

Dust Sweeps Across the Sahara to Africa’s West Coast – March 23rd, 2010

16.4N 7.9W

March 23rd, 2010 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Dust Further Inland

Dust Further Inland

Dust Across Africa to West Coast - March 21st, 2010

Dust Across Africa to West Coast - March 21st, 2010

A massive dust storm has been sweeping across the southern Sahara Desert, bringing dust from the Red Sea to the west coast of Africa.

The main image focuses on the dust blowing over the west coast, shrouding nations including Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, the Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea and Sierra Leone (from top to bottom, following the shoreline).

The other image shows the dust clouding the skies over countries further east, from southern Algeria across inland Mauritania, through Mali, to northern Côte d’Ivoire.

Dust Storm Shrouds Eastern China

39.9N 116.4E

March 23rd, 2010 Category: Dust Storms

Dust Storm in China - March 22nd, 2010

Dust Storm in China - March 22nd, 2010

Beijing has been shrouded in orange dust as a strong sandstorm blew hundreds of miles from drought-struck northern China to the nation’s capital. Authorities have issued a level-five pollution warning and urged people to stay indoors.

Here, the dust can be seen veiling mainland China, while offshore thick sediments are released into the Bohai Sea (above) and the Yellow Sea (below).

The storm has already caused havoc in Xinjiang, Shanxi, Shaanxi and Hebei regions and is heading to South Korea (visible to the right upon opening the full image). Residents of the South Korean capital, Seoul, as well as those in central and western regions, have been advised to stay indoors.

By Saturday, the storm had spread over an area of 810,000 sq km (313,000 sq miles) with a population of 250 million, state news agency Xinhua reported. It was expected to last until Monday, the meteorological agency said in a statement on its website.

The head of Beijing’s meteorological agency said the storm came from the deserts of Inner Mongolia. Beijing has long-suffered from sandstorms – experts say the storms are, in part, caused by deforestation and the rapid expansion of urban areas in recent decades.

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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