Dust Storm in Turkmenistan and Afghanistan

Dust Storm in Turkmenistan and Afghanistan

On November 6, 2011, a dust plume stretched from southeastern Turkmenistan to northern Afghanistan. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image the same day.

Vegetation lines river valleys, visible north of the dust plume, but overall, this region is arid. The dust plume, which ranges in color from beige to tan, is thick enough in some places to completely hide the land surface below. Source points for the dust are not obvious in this image, but sand seas sprawl over much of Turkmenistan, and extend across the Afghanistan border.

  1. References

  2. CIA World Factbook. (2011, October 21). Afghanistan. Accessed November 7, 2011.
  3. CIA World Factbook. (2011, October 18). Turkmenistan. Accessed November 7, 2011.

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  • Data Date:

    November 6, 2011
  • Visualization Date:

    November 7, 2011
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration