July 30, 2010 - Dust Storm over Southern Afghanistan

Dust Storm over Southern Afghanistan

Dust blew over the borders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran in early June 2010. The MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image of the region on July 12, 2010. The dust forms a fuzzy, beige, U-shaped plume that roughly mimics the border between southern Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Source points for the dust plume are not obvious in this image, but the dust may have arisen from one or more of the sand seas that stretch along Afghanistan’s southern border. According to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, this area ranks among the world’s most dust-prone, so dust storms in the region are fairly common.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 07/12/2010
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC