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From: Dan Richter (1:317/3)
To: All
Date: Thu, 17.06.21 13:00
MODIS Pic of the Day 17 June 2021
June 17, 2021 - Massive Dust in the Middle East



Massive amounts of dust shrouded the Arabian Peninsula and Northeastern
Africa in mid-June 2021.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board
NASA’s Terra satellite acquired a true-color image of just a portion of
the wide-spread sandstorm on June 14. On that day, sand and dust
covered parts of Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Oman,
Qatar, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia. Dust also stretched over
the Arabian Sea to reach western India and Pakistan.

Most of the dust appeared to rise from the Arabian Peninsula’s Empty
Quarter. Also called the Rub’ al Khali, this extremely arid region is
the world’s largest sand sea, holding about half as much sand as the
Sahara Desert. The Empty Quarter covers 583,000 square kilometers
(225,000 square miles), and stretches over parts of Saudi Arabia,
Yemen, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 6/14/2021
Resolutions: 1km (1.5 MB), 500m (4 MB), 250m (1.8 MB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC

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