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10 dust storms as seen from space

By: Katherine Butler on Aug. 14, 2012, 6:04 p.m.
dust storm over Alaska

Photo: NASA/Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center

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Dust storm off Alaska

Dust storms don't only occur near the desert. On Nov. 5, 2005, this storm of glacial sediments was spotted over the Gulf of Alaska. Glacial sediments form when “the movement of glaciers grind the rocks below them to fine silt,” according to NASA. This image was taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer(MODIS) on the Aqua satellite.