Dust storm in north Africa

Dust storm in north Africa
  • Credit:

    Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Dust still lingered over northern Africa on February 24, 2006, a day after a massive dust storm swept over Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flying onboard the Aqua satellite captured this image on February 24.

In this image, a cloud of dust several hundred kilometers across extends from Libya and Egypt over the Mediterranean. Faint tendrils of dust reach as far to the east as Israel. Although the dust hides many land features in northern Africa, the lush, green Nile Delta still stands out from its surroundings.

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  • Data Date:

    February 24, 2006
  • Visualization Date:

    February 24, 2006
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration