Dust Storm Blows from the Nubian Desert
26 September 2012



Fig. 1
Dust storm over Red Sea
Credit: NASA

 
On 26 July 2012, a dust storm blew off the shores of Sudan and into the Red Sea. NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired a picture of the storm (Fig. 1) the same day, the third consecutive day of the dust activity.

A few dust plumes apparently originated from distinct locations near the coast, but farther inland, a large plume of dust also curved roughly to the northeast over the desert. A huge network of impermanent rivers stretching in the Nubian Desert, in northeastern Sudan, contains fine sediments which can supply dust storms.

References

NASA Earth Observatory
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=78702

 
Aymen Mohamed Ibrahem
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