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Dust Storm Crossing the Atlantic
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Dust Storm Crossing the Atlantic
West Coast, Africa
June 2002
Wind patterns can blow large clouds of dust across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to North America. It took about a week for this plume, which came from the Sahara Desert, to spread across the ocean. Images like these are used to understand global concentrations of atmospheric dust.
Courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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