Dust and Smoke over Iraq and the Middle East

Dust and Smoke over Iraq and the Middle East
  • Credit:

    Image courtesy the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE

On Tuesday, March 25, the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) captured this true-color scene of a very large dust storm blowing eastward over the Middle East region. The line of dust (tan pixels) can be seen in this image extending from Sudan, Africa, northeastward over the Red Sea across northern Saudi Arabia and into western Iraq. News reports indicate visibility on the ground is as low as 500 meters in some places hit by the storm.

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  • Data Date:

    March 25, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    March 25, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    OrbView-2 - SeaWiFS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration