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.
Date Acquired: 3/17/2014
Resolutions: 1km (144.8 KB), 500m (472.6 KB), 250m (1.1 MB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC