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NASA Earth Observato Dust over Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan: Acquired May 31, 2011, this natural-color ima...

NASA Earth Observato Dust over Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan: Acquired May 31, 2011, this natural-color ima...

Dust plumes blew over southwestern Asia at the end of May 2011. On May 31, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image of dust plumes blowing over the borders of Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The thickest plume originates in eastern Iran. The opaque plume blows toward the south-southeast, passing over parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan. To the east, another plume blows in the same direction. Farther east (upper right quadrant of the image), a camel-colored, unevenly shaped plume appears to float over Afghanistan. Dust plumes in this region often originate from dry lakebed sediments along the Iran-Afghanistan border, and from sandy deserts in Afghanistan and Pakistan. NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Michon Scott.

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