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Dust Storm off Australia

Dust Storm off Australia

A substantial plume of dust (light brown pixels) was blowing off the east coast of Australia, between Sydney and Brisbane, and out over the Tasman Sea. Winds that gusted up to 37 miles per hour carried the dust from the continent’s dry interior out over the coast in a rare dust storm. This true-color image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), aboard NASA’s Terra satellite, on October 28, 2003.

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