Dust storm over the Aral Sea

Dust storm over the Aral Sea
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

On April 18, 2003, strong southwesterly winds were blowing dust and sand from the deserts of Kazakhstan out over the Aral Sea. The above true-color image of the dust plume was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument, flying aboard NASA.s Aqua spacecraft.

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  • Data Date:

    April 18, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    April 19, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS


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