Dust Storm Over Southern Asia

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Satellite: Terra

Image was taken on December 13, 2003.

A dust storm was blowing large quantities of dust out over the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea on Saturday, December 13, 2003. In this true-color composite scene, acquired by the Terra MODIS instrument, the dust storm (light brown pixels) can be seen extending from the the Arabian Peninsula (left) eastward over the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman toward the Arabian Sea. Parts of southern Afghanistan and much of Pakistan are also covered by airborne dust.

Farther to the east, over northwestern India, there appears to be an extensive plume of another aerosol type. The grayish color of the haze there suggests it is of human origin.

Image credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. All images are public domain.

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