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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 Spreading Across Arabian Sea, Between Oman and India

20.5N 65.2E

May 13th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Arabian Sea – May 11th, 2013

Dust can be seen spreading across the Arabian Sea from Oman (left) to India (right). In the full image, the lighter-colored band crossing the image vertically, parallel to the coast of India, is sun glint off the ocean, while the band stretching horizontally between the Arabian Peninsula to India is the cloud of dust.

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 Blowing Across Oman Towards Iran and Pakistan

22.9N 60.2E

April 8th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Arabian Peninsula – April 8th, 2013

Dust blows off the Arabian Peninsula, sweeping across Oman and over the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman towards Iran and Pakistan. In Oman, the storm hit Buraimi, Ibri and adjacent areas of the Dhahirah region. The wind was blowing at around 35 knots in Buraimi and over 22 in Ibri after dust storm hit the area.

The “Empty Quarter” of the Arabian Peninsula

20.4N 45.7E

February 20th, 2013 Category: Deserts

Saudi Arabia – February 19th, 2013

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, including most of Saudi Arabia and areas of Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. The desert covers some 650,000 square kilometres (250,000 sq mi).

The desert is 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) long, and 500 kilometres (310 mi) wide. Its surface elevation varies from 800 metres (2,600 ft) in the southwest to around sea level in the northeast. The terrain is covered with sand dunes with heights up to 250 metres (820 ft), interspersed with gravel and gypsum plains.

The sand is a usually reddish-orange color in some areas due to the presence of feldspar. However, here, its sands appear bright whitish tan in color here due to the infrared bands of the sensor used to capture the image.┬áThere are also brackish salt flats in some areas, such as the Umm al Samim area on the desert’s eastern edge.

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