Wind currents carry a plume of dust over the Red Sea • Earth.com

Last update: May 30th, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at a thick plume of dust floating in the air over the Red Sea. The photo was taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite.  

Strong winds kicked up the dust over Africa and carried it over the Red Sea toward the Arabian Peninsula. The Red Sea has a total surface area of about 169,100 square miles, measuring about 1398 miles long and 220 miles wide.

Wind currents play a significant role in inducing currents in the Rea Sea and transporting suspended materials. These currents greatly influence the rate of erosion and how sediments are dispersed.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Source: NASA Earth Observatory

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