Dust Storms in India
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Dust Storms in India

June 2, 2010
Dust obscured part of the landscape of Northern India when the MODIS on the Aqua satellite captured this image on May 26, 2009. Here, Pakistan is on the left and India on the right. The green Indus River Valley winds it way through the arid landscape in Pakistan. Visible in the lower left corner is the Arabian Sea.

Dust storms are not uncommon in this region, especially in the spring and summer months. Hot temperatures help to set the stage. As hot air rises, it creates a vacuum, and the air that rushes in to fill the void carries dust with it. The result is a streamer of dust that will stretch for as far as the winds can carry it.

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