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Saharan Dust Storm
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Saharan Dust Storm

May 14, 2013
Saharan dust blew through Mauritania in mid-December 2008. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flying onboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image on December 15. This image shows the dust storm arising in Western Sahara and Mauritania. The dust arises from a dense configuration of source points that form a jagged line through northwestern Mauritania and Western Sahara and end near the Algerian border. Toward the southeast, near the border with Mali, the dust becomes an amorphous plume. Credit: NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center. Caption by Michon Scott.