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Dust over Iraq and Saudi Arabia

Dust over Iraq and Saudi Arabia

Dust plumes hovered over Iraq and Saudi Arabia at the beginning of August 2008. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of the region on August 1, 2008, showing a thin film of dust over Iraq and the Persian Gulf. A swirl of dust curls over Saudi Arabia, just south of the border with Iraq. The fine sediments of the Tigris and Euphrates floodplain provide plentiful material for dust storms in this region.

NASA image courtesy MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center. Caption by Michon Scott.