Dust Storm in the Middle East
May 17, 2013
A dust storm struck the Middle East on June 18, 2009, as the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead. This photo-like image shows beige plumes, some translucent and some opaque, over Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, and Iran. Small plumes of dust appear to blow westward from Syria and Jordan, but skies are mostly clear over those countries and over western Iraq. The dust storm thickens toward the east, perhaps fueled by the fine sediments of the Euphrates and Tigris floodplains. The dust is thickest in Kuwait, eastern Iraq, and western Iran. Credit: NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center. Caption by Michon Scott.
Topics: Politics, Western Asia, Fertile Crescent, Asia, Weather, Disaster Accident, Tigris, Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, Tigris–Euphrates river system, Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, Dust storm, Member states of the United Nations, Member states of OPEC, Mesopotamia