Dust Over The Persian Gulf • Earth.com

Last update: October 19th, 2019 at 2:00 pm

When the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image on April 22, 2015, southerly winds over Saudi Arabia blew a thick plume of dust over the Persian Gulf.

Plentiful material for dust storms exists in the Arabian Peninsula’s Empty Quarter or Rub’ al Khali. Considered empty because it has so few human inhabitants, the Empty Quarter contains half as much sand as the entire Sahara Desert.


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