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Dust Storm in Taklimakan
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Dust Storm in Taklimakan

April 4, 2013
Almost the entire expanse of the Taklimakan Desert, situated in northwest China, is covered by a massive dust storm in this true-color image acquired on March 10, 2004, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA's Aqua satellite. The tan color of the dust provides some contrast with the much brighter, white clouds in this scene. The dust is being swept slightly westward. Credit: Image by Jesse Allen, NASA Earth Observatory, using data courtesy MODIS Land Rapid Response Team