June 14, 2007 - Dust Storm over India and Pakistan

Dust Storm over India and Pakistan

Dust blew over the border between Pakistan (left) and India (right) on June 10, 2007. The MODIS on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image the same day. This picture shows the dust plume, appearing as a tan blur, obscuring the landscape below. The underlying land surface is a sand desert, and it provides ample material for dust storms in the region.

According to ABC Online in Australia, both Pakistan and India suffered through a severe heat wave at the time of this dust storm. The same winds blowing hot air from the north might have also played a role in kicking up this dust.

South of the dust plume is the Rann of Kutch, a marshy region along the India-Pakistan border that alternates between wet and dry conditions. The whiteness of the area in this image indicates a salt pan that emerges in the dry phase.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 06/10/2007
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC