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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.

Ecological Concerns for the Rann of Kutch Seasonal Salt Marsh, India and Pakistan

24.0N 70.1E

March 4th, 2013 Category: Salt Flats

India – March 3rd, 2013

The Rann of Kutch Seasonal Salt Marsh is perhaps the bleakest, dustiest, and hottest region in India is the Great Rann of Kutch. It stretches for hundreds of square kilometers in the State of Gujarat, from the frontier with Pakistan’s Sind Desert, southward to the Little Rann and the Gulf of Kutch.

Despite the huge expanse of sun-baked saline clay desert (visible here as a large, white area), the Rann of Kutch seasonal salt marsh provides refuge for the last population of the endangered Asiatic wild ass (Equus hermionus) and supports the one of the world’s largest breeding colonies of the greater and lesser flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber and P. minor).

The primary threats to this ecoregion’s habitat are from cattle grazing even within the protected areas, vehicular traffic that damages the fragile ecosystem, and cutting trees to make charcoal. The proposed expansion of the commercial salt extraction operations will result in disturbances to wildlife, especially to the wild ass population and the floricans, bustards, flamingoes, and pelicans. Feral pigs around the fringes of the sanctuary carry disease, degrade habitat, and disrupt reproduction of ground-nesting birds.

Dust Storm Over Iran

24.8N 58.3E

January 17th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Gulf of Oman – January 12th, 2013

A dust storm can be seen spreading over eastern Iran and western Pakistan in this image. The dust blows southward, over the coast of the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman and Strait of Hormuz (right to left). In Iran, dust storms rank among the leading natural hazards. The fact that the country is mostly arid or semiarid, other than the subtropical climate of the Caspian Sea coast, creates favorable conditions for airborn dust.

Dust Over Mouth of Indus River – January 1st, 2013

22.5N 69.9E

January 1st, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day, Rivers, Wetlands

India and Pakistan – December 28th, 2012

A dust storm that has been blowing off the coast of Iran and Pakistan sends dust and sand particles over the mouth of the Indus River and over the Arabian Sea. Over land, the dust hangs in the air by the Pakistan-India border, partially veiling the Rann of Kutch wetlands and the Gulf of Kutch to their south. The gulf of Khambhat, in the lower right corner, remains unaffected.

Parallel Rows of Dust Over Arabian Sea – December 29th, 2012

23.8N 64.3E

December 29th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

India and Pakistan – December 28th, 2012

Dust blows over Afghanistan (top center) and off the coasts of Iran (left) and Pakistan (right). Air currents cause it to form long, parallel rows rather than an indistinct cloud. The dust reaches far over the Arabian Sea, where it is then swept westwards towards the Arabian Peninsula.

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