PROBA-V's Image of the Week - Sandstorm over Red Sea

Sandstorm over Red Sea

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Sandstorm over Red Sea 

The Red Sea is an Indian Ocean inlet located between Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Persistent sunshine and virtual absence of rainfall make it one of the warmest and most saline seas on Earth, while its vicinity to the Egyptian and Arabian deserts leads to frequent dust storm occurrences. From 15 – 17 June 2016, a series of cold fronts swept over Egypt and Sudan, blowing desert sand and dust through a narrow gap in the coastal mountain range – the Tokar Gap – over the Red Sea towards the Arabian Peninsula.
The 300 m true-colour image of 18 June 2016 shows the distinction between the clear northern Red Sea area and the southern area affected by the sand storm, as seen by the yellow textures. West of the Red Sea, the fertile green banks of the Nile River stand out from the grey-yellow Egyptian Desert. To the East, the vast Arabian Desert planes appear bright-yellow, surrounded by some scattered bright-green pivot irrigation fields.   

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