Plume of dust can be seen blowing westward over several bodies of water in this image of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan (top to bottom). In the upper left quadrant, the dust blows over the northern section of the Caspian Sea. In the lower right quadrant, the dust blows over Sarygamysh Lake (right edge) and Karabogas Bay.
As the northern hemisphere winter begins and temperatures drop, ice has begun to form around the northern shores of the Caspian Sea. The Volga Delta can be seen by the eft edge; ice has not formed along its shoreline.
The northern section of the sea is the part most prone to freezing, with ice starting to form around November. During severe winters, the whole northern part of the sea may become ice-covered. In soft winters ice is formed in shoals within the 2-3 meter isobaths (depth contours).
Featured image credit: MODIS/Aqua
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