Dust storm over the Red Sea
Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
Streamers of dust from the Afar Depression in northeastern Ethiopia are blowing out over Eritrea (to the north) and the islands of the Dahlak Archipelago in the Red Sea, which lies between northeastern Africa and the Middle East. The dark splotches in the depression are lava fields; the Afar region contains several active volcanoes. A few fires have been detected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite and are marked with red dots in this image from November 24, 20003.