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Dust Storm in Egypt
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Dust Storm in Egypt

May 29, 2007

A dense plume of tan dust blew out of the Great Sand Sea of northwestern Egypt in this image captured by the MODIS on the Terra satellite, on May 19, 2007. The plume extends out into the Mediterranean Sea, hiding much of the coastline and casting an opaque veil over the water.

The Great Sand Sea is the third largest sand-accumulation in the world, about the size of Oregon. It forms a natural barrier between Egypt and Libya. East of the dust plume is the lotus-shaped Nile River Delta - a fan of lush green marking one of Egypt's most fertile and populous regions. It is in this delta that the majority of Egypt's large cities, both modern and ancient, are located.