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Dust Storm in Northeastern China
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Dust Storm in Northeastern China

April 19, 2013
The prevailing westerly winds in the mid-latitudes often blow dust from deserts in China and Mongolia toward Japan. In this pair of images from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites, a dust storm ripples across the deserts of Inner Mongolia on April 14, 2005 (Aqua MODIS), and spreads out over the Sea of Japan to the east on April 15 (Terra MODIS). Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC