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Dust Storm in Taklimakan
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Dust Storm in Taklimakan

April 24, 2013
The Taklimakan Desert in western China saw another dust storm on December 3, 2005. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying onboard the Aqua satellite, took this picture the same day. In this image, the dust storm appears in pale beige, and sweeps toward the northeast. Clouds hover to the northwest and southwest. The Tien Shan Mountains are to the north, and Kunlun Mountains to the south. Dust storms in China have increased in the last 15 years. Since 1990, the region has seen a major dust storm almost every year. These dust storms pose visibility hazards and cause respiratory ailments. Credit: NASA image courtesy of Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center.