Dust Storm in Afghanistan and Turkmenistan

Dust Storm in Afghanistan and Turkmenistan

On January 23, 2013, a dust storm blew from northern Afghanistan into neighboring Turkmenistan. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image the same day.

The Amudar’ya (Amu Darya) River comprises part of Afghanistan’s border, separating it from Uzbekistan and part of Turkmenistan. South of the river is a sand sea that extends over much of northern Afghanistan. The dust plumes in January 2013 apparently arose from numerous source points in northern Afghanistan. In this image, the source points look like small pinpoints of pale beige, fanning out toward the west.

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  • Data Date:

    January 23, 2013
  • Visualization Date:

    January 29, 2013
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration