Dust storm in Gobi Desert, Mongolia
Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
A large dust storm can be seen blowing across the Gobi Desert in Mongolia in this true-color Terra MODIS image from November 10, 2002. The dust storm appears as a lighter tan with horizontal-running streaks against the darker tan-orange of the desert. The dust storm is mostly in Mongolia (top), but also has a streak running on the other side of the border in the Inner Mongolia region of China.
The Gobi Desert is one of the world’s largest deserts, covering almost 1.3 million square kilometers (around 0.5 million square miles). It sits on a high plateau (from 910 to 1,520 meters), and is a region of extreme weather conditions with bitterly cold winters and short hot summers.