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Dust Storm off Egypt
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Dust Storm off Egypt

April 23, 2013
A dust storm blew off the north coast of Africa along the Libyan-Egyptian border on September 15, 2005. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flying onboard the Aqua satellite captured this image the same day. In this image, a dust storm fans out over the Mediterranean from the desert. In Egypt, two features stand out from the otherwise pale beige Saharan landscape. One is the Qattara Depression, the second-lowest region in Africa (after Lake Asal). The depression contains salty marshes, and at the bottom is a salt pan. The other feature is the green, fertile Nile Delta. Credit: NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC