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Dust Plume Over Jordan and Saudi Arabia

30.5N 38.2E

June 9th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms MODISAqua

Middle East – June 9th, 2013

A plume of dust blows in a diagonal line across northern Saudi Arabia and Jordan in the upper half of this image. Visible southeast of the plume is an area of circular, irrigated fields near the town of Tabarjal, in northern Saudi Arabia. In the full image, dust can be seen spreading over the southern part of the Red Sea as well.

Dust Arching Over Persian Gulf, from Iraq to Saudi Arabia

29.2N 49.2E

June 3rd, 2013 Category: Dust Storms VIIRSSuomi-NPP

Persian Gulf – June 1st, 2013

Plumes of dust arch southeastward and then southwestward from the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab, in Iraq, between the borders of Iran (upper right) and Kuwait (upper left), across the northern part of the Persian Gulf, to Saudi Arabia. Since uninhabited sandy deserts comprise most of Saudi Arabia‚Äôs and the Middle East’s land surface, it is easy for strong winds to pick up dust and create storms over the region.

Dust Reaching Farasan Islands, Saudi Arabia

16.7N 41.9E

April 22nd, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Red Sea – April 22nd, 2013

Dust can be seen reaching from the coast of Saudi Arabia across the Red Sea to the Farasan Islands, a large coral island group belonging to Saudi Arabia. It is located some 40 km offshore from Jizan, in the far southwestern part of the country. It is a protected area and was home to the extinct Arabian gazelle and, in winter, migratory birds from Europe.

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 Over Red Sea and Persian Gulf

28.7N 42.1E

March 27th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Fires

Saudi Arabia – March 26th, 2013

Dust blows from Saudi Arabia westward across the Red Sea. In the full image, dust can also be seen blowing across the Persian Gulf, to the east, and a fire is visible in Iraq, near the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab, on the northern end of the gulf.

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