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Dust in the Mediterranean

Dust in the Mediterranean

On July 24, the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS), acquired this true-color image of a large cloud of dust blowing from northern Africa across the Mediterranean Sea. The dust storm has persisted in the region for at least a week. In this image, the brownish dust plume appears to originate about 260 miles (400 km) east of Algiers, Algeria, and is blowing toward the northwest coast of Sardinia, Italy.

SeaWiFS flies aboard the OrbView-2 Satellite.

Image courtesy the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and ORBIMAGE