A dust storm struck the western portion of the Taklimakan Desert in western China on September 9, 2006. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flying onboard NASA’s Terra satellite took this picture the same day. This image shows most of the Taklimakan Desert where a dust storm is pushing up from the south. Compared to the slightly darker tan of the desert floor, the dust appears as wisps of grey-beige.
On May 10, 2007, a dust storm covered most of the Taklimakan Desert in western China. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured an image of the storm at 05:50 UTC. The storm had intensified by the time the MODIS sensor on NASA’s Aqua satellite took another picture at 07:30 UTC.