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10 dust storms as seen from space

Dust storm over Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan

Photo: NASA images courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC

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Dust storm over Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan

On Dec. 5, 2010, a massive dust plume appeared over the Arabian Peninsula after a tremendous storm swirled over Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Here we see the plume as imaged by the MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite. Pakistan often experiences massive dust storms, but in an ironic twist, this area was still in recovery from extreme flooding from damaging monsoons when the dust storm hit.