Dust storm over Iran

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A dust storm can be seen spreading over eastern Iran and western Pakistan and over Arabian Sea. The dust blows southward, over the coast of the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman and Strait of Hormuz.

Dust plumes captured by MODIS/Terra satellite on January 17, 2013 (Credit: LANCE/MODIS)

In Iran, dust storms rank among the leading natural hazards. The fact that the country is mostly arid or semiarid, other than the subtropical climate of the Caspian Sea coast, creates favorable conditions for airborne dust.

Strong dust storm was visible on satellite image captured by MODIS/Aqua on January 12, 2013 (Credit: LANCE/MODIS)

Source: EarthSnapshots, LANCE/MODIS

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