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Dust Plumes Off Socotra Archipelago

12.4N 53.8E

September 15th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Socotra Archipelago – August 31st, 2012

Airborne dust shows interested streaked patterns as it blows off the coasts of islands in the Arabian Sea. The largest of these islands is Socotra, off of which two thicker plumes of dust blow. About 65 miles to the southwest is Abd al Kuri, which also shows two parallel dust plumes, albeit significantly thinner. Both islands are part of the Socotra Archipelago and belong to Yemen, although they are geographically closer to the Horn of Africa.

Dust Plumes Off Socotra Island

13.6N 53.6E

June 12th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Yemen and Somalia - June 9th, 2012

Dust hangs in the air over the Gulf of Aden, between Somalia (below) and the Arabian Peninsula (above). Most of the dust likely originated in the Rub’ al Khali, an immense sandy desert whose yellow and orange dunes are visible in the upper part of the image. While the dust appears thickest over the gulf to the west, a wide plume of dust can also be seen off a peninsula on the Somali coast (bottom center) and two thinner, parallel plumes can be observed blowing northeastward of the island of Socotra, belonging to Yemen.

Dust Blowing Around Island of Socotra

12.5N 54.0E

June 9th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Yemen, Oman and Somalia - June 9th, 2012

Dust blows off the Horn of Africa (lower left) and the Arabian Peninsula (above). The Horn of Africa is a peninsula in East Africa that juts hundreds of kilometers into the Arabian Sea and lies along the southern side of the Gulf of Aden. The dust appears to originate on the Arabian Peninsula, probably in the Rub’ al Khali Desert, and blow southward. This is evident from the way the veil of dust is less thick southwest of the island of Socotra – the island partially blocks the path of the airborne dust particles as they blow in that direction.

Dust Plumes Off Socotra Island, Yemen

12.4N 53.8E

August 11th, 2011 Category: Dust Storms

Dust Near Gulf of Aden - August 11th, 2011

Dust blows over the Indian Ocean near the Gulf of Aden, between Somalia (below) and Yemen (above). Two thick plumes blow towards the northeast, off the island of Socotra (center right).

The island, which is part of Yemen, lies some 240 kilometres (150 mi) east of the Horn of Africa and 380 kilometres (240 mi) south of the Arabian Peninsula.  It has three geographical terrains: the narrow coastal plains, a limestone plateau permeated with karstic caves, and the Haghier Mountains. The mountains rise to 5,000 feet (1,500 m). The island is a little over 80 miles (130 km) long east to west and typically 18–22 miles (29–35 km) north to south.

Dust Blowing Over Gulf of Aden and Off Socotra

12.5N 47.3E

July 25th, 2011 Category: Dust Storms

Gulf of Aden - July 21st, 2011

Dust blows over the Gulf of Aden, between the Arabian Peninsula (above) and the Horn of Africa (below). It is thickest near the left edge, by the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait leading to the Red Sea.

Two particularly interesting dust plumes can be seen blowing northeastward off the island of Socotra, belonging to Yemen. It lies some 240 kilometres (150 mi) east of the Horn of Africa and 380 kilometres (240 mi) south of the Arabian Peninsula.

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