Dust Storm over Iraq

Dust Storm over Iraq

July 21, 2010, turned out to be a dusty day in parts of Iraq, including Baghdad. A long plume of dust extends down the length of the country in this photo-like image captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite. The pale dust plume covers the brown-green web of plant-covered lands and wetlands that span the area between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. A steady west-blowing wind generated the dust storm.

The large image is the highest-resolution version of the image. The image is available in additional resolutions from the MODIS Rapid Response Team.

  1. Reference

  2. Weather Underground. (2010, July 21). History for Baghdad, Iraq. Accessed July 21, 2010.

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  • Data Date:

    July 21, 2010
  • Visualization Date:

    July 21, 2010
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration