Strong winds blew massive amounts of dust across the Gobi Desert in late November, 2017. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite acquired a true-color image of the sheets of shifting sand on November 21.
The Gobi Desert stretches over parts of southern Mongolia and northern China, and is one of the most prolific-dust producing regions in the world. Both sand seas and impermanent lakes occur along the China-Mongolia border, adding to the desert dust. Sometimes point-sources are visible from space, but this dust storm appears to be quite wide, so that a single source is not likely. The dust rises above the cloud in the northeast.
Date Acquired: 11/21/2017
Resolutions: 1km (73.3 KB), 500m (278.3 KB), 250m (751.9 KB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC