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Dust Storm over Persian Gulf

Dust Storm over Persian Gulf

On June 14, 2003, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite captured an image of a dust storm veiling the northern part of the Persian Gulf and surrounding countries: (clockwise from bottom left) Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Iran. The front of the dust cloud stops just short of the peninsular country of Qatar, at bottom center.

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