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Saharan Dust over the Atlantic
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Fierce winds ripped across the Sahara Desert this past weekend and blew
a large plume of dust out over the Atlantic Ocean. This true color image
of the dust event was acquired on February 11, 2002, by the
Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard
NASAs Terra spacecraft. The light brown dust trail can be seen forming
an arc a few hundred miles off the coast of Western Sahara and
Mauritania. Northeasterly winds blowing across the Atlantic have
redirected the dust towards Europe where it will likely settle.