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December 27, 2012 - Dust storms in southwest Asia
Dust storms in southwest Asia Image used for Spacing Purposes
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 12/13/2012
Resolutions: 1km (239.6 KB)
500m (791.2 KB)
250m (1.8 MB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Credit: Jeff Schmaltz
MODIS Land Rapid Response Team,
NASA GSFC

Impermanent lakes occur along the border between Iran and Afghanistan. When the lakes dry out, the newly exposed sediments provide material for dust storms. On December 13, 2012, a dust storm struck the region, and at least some of the dust arose from the fine sediments along the Iran-Afghanistan border.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAís Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on December 13. The image shows two large plumes, one along the Iran-Afghanistan border, and another in western Pakistan. In western Pakistan, the dust is thick enough to completely hide the ground surface below.

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