Dust Storm in the Taklimakan Desert • Earth.com

Last update: November 18th, 2019 at 11:00 am

Dust storms continued in the Taklimakan Desert for a third consecutive day in early May 2008. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite took this picture on May 3, 2008.

In this image, the dust storm forms a nearly uniform, camel-colored blur over the northern half of the desert. Skies over the southern part of the desert are relatively clear, although tendrils of dust blow northward from the desert’s southern rim.

Credit: NASA image courtesy of Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center. Caption by Michon Scott.

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