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Dust Storm over Kazakhstan
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Dust Storm over Kazakhstan

February 21, 2013
North of the Caspian Sea (bottom) in Kazakhstan, a dust storm was blowing over the arid plains on April 9, 2003. The swath of dust is sharply defined on its eastern end, and trails off to the northwest. At the western edge of the Caspian Sea, fires (red dots) were detected in the Volga River Delta by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite. The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at MODIS’ maximum spatial resolution of 250 meters. Credit: Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC