Dust storm in northeastern China

Dust storm in northeastern China
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

The prevailing westerly winds in the mid-latitudes often blow dust from deserts in China and Mongolia toward Japan. In this pair of images from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites, a dust storm ripples across the deserts of Inner Mongolia on April 14, 2005 (Aqua MODIS), and spreads out over the Sea of Japan to the east on April 15 (Terra MODIS).

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  • Data Date:

    April 14, 2005
  • Visualization Date:

    April 15, 2005
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS
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