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Dust over the Mediterranean
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Dust over the Mediterranean

June 1, 2004
A river of Saharan dust is flowing northeastward from the deserts of northern Africa in this true-color Terra MODIS image acquired on May 4, 2004. The airborne river stretches northward over the Mediterranean Sea for more than 1,000 kilometers and is several hundred kilometers wide in places. The dust is spreading across the heel of the boot of Italy at top right.