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Dust Over the Eastern Mediterranean

Dust Over the Eastern Mediterranean

A large plume of dust is reaching out over the eastern Mediterranean Sea in this image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite on April 4, 2003. The dust obscures the green fan of vegetation at the Nile River Delta (just to the lower left of center) as well as the island of Cyprus to the northeast. In southern Turkey (top) snow is visible in the rugged coastal mountains.

The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at MODIS’ maximum spatial resolution of 250 meters.

Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC