Dust storm along the coast of Iceland

Dust storm along the coast of Iceland
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

A large portion of Iceland is completely un-vegetated, and soil erosion must be combated to preserve the small portion of arable land that exists. In this true-color image from January 28, 2002, a dust storm can be seen blowing out from Iceland's southern coast. Along the coasts, the waters of the Atlantic Ocean appear greenish, indicating a mixture of sediment and marine organisms called phytoplankton.

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  • Data Date:

    January 28, 2002
  • Visualization Date:

    January 29, 2002
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration