Dust Over Iraq • Earth.com

Last update: November 15th, 2019 at 7:00 am

A plume of dust swept over Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia on October 16, 2008, as the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead.

In this photo-like image, the dust appears as an arc of pale beige over a slightly darker landscape. Although the origins of this storm are not immediately obvious in this image, some plumes appear to originate in Syria. What is more obvious in this shot is that the winds pushing the dust have changed direction. At the plume’s easternmost point, in southeastern Iraq, the dust forms a wave pattern, resembling ripples on the surface of a water body.

Credit: NASA image courtesy MODIS Rapid Response, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Caption by Michon Scott

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