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Dust Blowing off the Coast of Pakistan

Dust Blowing off the Coast of Pakistan

Dust, likely mingled with smoke from agricultural fires, blew off the coast of Pakistan on May 13, 2006. As dust hovered over the coastline, the people of both Pakistan and India struggled with a heat wave that sent temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), according to news reports. Rainfall the following day brought lower temperatures to the region.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flying onboard the Aqua satellite took this picture on May 13, 2006. In this image, tendrils of dust sweep southward off the coast of Pakistan. Thick sediment, appearing in brownish-green, can also be seen in the sea water along part of the coastline.

NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data obtained from the Goddard Earth Sciences DAAC.