10 dust storms as seen from space
Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 6:04 PM
You’re driving along a desert highway when it happens. Almost without warning, blinding, choking dust surrounds your car, filling the air with detritus. You pull your car off the road, kill the lights, and hit the emergency break. You have no choice but to wait it out.
Dust storms are an increasingly common problem in the world as arid conditions leave behind mounds of dry, loose soil. As climate change and water shortages work together, some experts are wondering if we have set ourselves up for a 21st-century Dust Bowl. Here are 10 NASA images of these magnificent forces of nature, as seen from above.