Monday, July 14, 2008

Persian Gulf

Middle East From Above

Credit: Envisat/ESA

Persian Gulf Sandstorm

"Sand and dust storms are usually the result of atmospheric convection currents, which form when warm, lighter air rises and cold, heavier air sinks.

Dust storms in northeastern Iraq, the Persian Gulf and the southern Arabian Peninsula are more frequent in summer because a strong northwesterly wind, called the shamal, blows over the floodplain of Iraq's Tigris and Euphrates Rivers for up to three months, transporting the sand and dust."

I post this beautiful satellite image because it matches the colors of Multiple Mars. And I am a sucker for images from above! :-)

For my wonderful friend Saharyy

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