Dust storms in southwest Asia
Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
A thin veil of white dust blurs the shorelines of Iran and Pakistan in this true-color Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image. The image, taken on November 23, 2003, by the Aqua satellite, shows blowing dust from the deserts and dry lakes in Iran (left), Pakistan (right), and Afghanistan (upper right in the high resolution image). The most obvious plumes are over the Persian Gulf, left, and the Gulf of Oman, right. In addition to the dust over the water, the high resolution image shows dust storms in Northern Pakistan’s Hamun-i-Mashkel and Afghanistan’s Gowd-e-Zereh, both dry lake beds.