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March 30, 2014 - Dust from Gobi Desert over China
Dust from Gobi Desert over China Image used for Spacing Purposes
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 3/17/2014
Resolutions: 1km (144.8 KB)
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Bands Used: 1,4,3
Credit: Jeff Schmaltz
MODIS Land Rapid Response Team,

A windy, dusty late winter season continued on March 17, 2014 as a thick blanket of sand blew from the Gobi Desert over northeastern China. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image at 02:40 UTC (10:40 a.m. China Standard Time) on that same day.

The Gobi Desert straddles the China-Mongolia border, and is among the world’s leading dust producers. Dust storms tend to be the most frequent in late winter and spring, especially in March and April.

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