Dust storm in Jordan, oil fire in Iraq

Dust storm in Jordan, oil fire in Iraq
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

An intense dust storm blew through the skies over Jordan on February 22, 2004. The plumes of dust (tan pixels) are blowing eastward and fanning out over parts of western Iraq and northern Saudia Arabia. In the upper right corner of the image, a plume of thick black smoke pours from an oil fire burning in central Iraq. This true-color image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite.

Images & Animations


File Dimensions

  • 1000x750
  • JPEG 216 KB
  • 2000x1500
  • JPEG 731 KB
  • 4000x3000
  • JPEG 2 MB

Note: Often times, due to the size, browsers have a difficult time opening and displaying images. If you experiece an error when clicking on an image link, please try directly downloading the image (using a right click, save as method) to view it locally.


  • Data Date:

    February 22, 2004
  • Visualization Date:

    February 23, 2004
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS


NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration