Last update: June 20th, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Transparent veils of dust stream off of Namibia’s coast into the southern Atlantic Ocean in this true-color Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image acquired by the Aqua satellite on July 7, 2004. The dust follows the wind arcing toward the south, while above and below white clouds cast black shadows on land and sea. Underneath the clouds, bright orange sand marks the Namib Desert, which is home to some of the tallest sand dunes on the planet—some reaching from 150-300 meters in height, and visible from space in the high-resolution 250-meter image.
Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC