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Dust Storm over Iraq

Dust Storm over Iraq

A dust storm swept through Iraq on May 25, 2008. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image the same day.

In this image the dust plumes form a fuzzy haze of tan over the slightly darker land surface below, partially obscuring the satellite’s view of Iraq’s large lakes. Besides the dust plumes, only occasional clouds mar the otherwise clear skies over the region.

NASA images courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Michon Scott.