Dust storm over Kuwait and Southern Iraq

Dust storm over Kuwait and Southern Iraq
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

On April 16, 2003, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite captured this image of a dust storm washing over the Middle East, blanketing parts of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and southern Iraq with a thick cloud of sand and dust. The dust appears like a series of waves breaking over the region, with a lighter-colored outer wave reaching out over the Persian Gulf, and a more substantial wave arcing up from the bottom left of the image through image center.

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  • Data Date:

    April 16, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    April 16, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration