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NASA MODIS Image of the Day: December 27, 2012 – Dust storms in southwest Asia

By SpaceRef Editor
December 27, 2012
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Impermanent lakes occur along the border between Iran and Afghanistan. When the lakes dry out, the newly exposed sediments provide material for dust storms. On December 13, 2012, a dust storm struck the region, and at least some of the dust arose from the fine sediments along the Iran-Afghanistan border. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on December 13. The image shows two large plumes, one along the Iran-Afghanistan border, and another in western Pakistan. In western Pakistan, the dust is thick enough to completely hide the ground surface below.

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