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Wind carried a cloud of dust out of Libya (left) and Egypt (right) and over the Mediterranean Sea on September 15, 2005. The dust storm was relatively small compared to the kilometers-long dust storms that the Sahara is capable of kicking up. Such storms send thick dust north over Europe, most frequently affecting countries like Greece, Italy, and Turkey, which are on the Mediterranean coast. The only green visible in the vast sand desert is the strip of green that lines the Nile River and its delta on the right side of the image. Within the delta, cities form small tan dots. A single fire has been marked with a red square. This photo-like image of North Africa was taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on September 15, 2005.
Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC