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Dust Storm in Pakistan

Dust Storm in Pakistan

A large storm is blowing thick plumes of desert dust over the Arabian Sea. The dust is coming from the shores of Pakistan (right) and Iran (left). The pattern seen in this image is common. Winds often blow down from Makran Coast Range in Western Pakistan and Eastern Iran into the coastal valleys, and carry dust out over the Sea. This Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image was acquired by the Terra satellite on November 24, 2003.

The high resolution image provided above is at 500 meters per pixel. The image is also available in additional resolutions.

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