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The air over central Africa was bright with blowing dust (top) and what is probably a mixture of dust and smoke (left center) when this image of the area around Lake Chad (large green area above image center) was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite was captured on November 28, 2004. In addition to the dust storm in the Bodele Depression north of Lake Chad, numerous fires (locations marked in red)...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Chad, Where -- Nigeria, Where -- Cameroon
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=14230
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In the three weeks that passed between April 14, 2005, and May 7, 2005, the icy landscape of Southern Russia has melted away into the soggy green of spring. The Volga River and its tributaries are swollen with melting snow and ice. According to local news reports, as many as 700 homes have been flooded throughout Russia, with the worst flooding occurring in the south. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) flying aboard NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Russia, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=14928
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A fierce winter storm lashed the North Island of New Zealand over the last weekend of July 2008. Heavy rains and strong winds caused several fatalities on land and sea, and more than 70,000 homes were without electricity in the wake of the storm. A second, though less severe, storm was headed for the country on Tuesday. This natural-color image of the storm was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite on...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Polar, Where -- New Zealand
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=20298
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Two full weeks after Hurricane Katrina broke through the levees that protected the low-lying city, New Orleans was starting to dry out. While most of the area shown in this image is still under a sludge of dark flood water, many areas that had been flooded in http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13133 previous days now appear to be dry. The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer ( asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/ ASTER ) on NASA's...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15443
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This prominent circular feature in the Sahara Desert of Mauritania has attracted attention since the earliest space missions because it forms a conspicuous bull's-eye in the otherwise rather featureless expanse of the Gres de Chinguetti Plateau in central Mauritania, northwest Africa. Described by some as looking like an outsized ammonite in the desert, the structure (which has a diameter of almost 50 kilometers (30 miles)) has become a landmark for space shuttle crews. Initially interpreted as...
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Terra, Where -- Mauritania, Where -- Goddard Space Flight...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=9262
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A river of smoke flowed eastward from a cluster of fires burning in Russia's Far East on October 10, 2005. The fires (marked in red) appear to stretch from the Amur region northward into the Khabarovsk Territory. The smoke plume wafts several hundred kilometers away, across Sakhalin Island and out over the Sea of Okhotsk. This image of the fires was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite. The...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Sea of Okhotsk, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15645
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This true-color image over northeastern China was acquired by the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite, on Nov. 21, 2002. A thick, dark gray layer of smog covers the entire region east of the dark brown hills in the image. The pollution is due to industrial emissions, automobile exhaust, and other human induced emission. Notice how the smog fills the valleys and courses around the contours of the terrain...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- China, Where -- The Valley, Where -- Beijing, Where -- Yellow Sea, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=10525
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In this image, Tropical Cyclone Zoe was located near 13.0S and 169.9E. The cyclone is now moving southeast at about 5 knots and is slowly weakening in intensity. Maximum 10-minute average winds near the centre are estimated at 110 knots. Zoe has weakened further over the last 6 hours. The eye continues to contract and is begining to become cloud filled. The cyclone is expected to turn more south-southeast as it is influenced by a mid-level subtropical ridge to the southwest. Image courtesy...
Topic: Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=10655
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In August 2006, travelers yachting through the Tonga Islands discovered earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=7124 pumice floating on the ocean surface. The pumice resulted from an underwater eruption of the marine volcano www.volcano.si.edu/reports/usgs/index.cfm?content=archive&year=2006&week=nov_8-14_06#homereef Home Reef. Although the pumice eventually floated away, the new volcanic island could still be seen by satellites in the fall of 2006. On October 4, 2006, the Advanced...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17608
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Tropical Cyclone 03B raked across southeast India's Andhra Pradesh state early on December 16, 2003. The storm brought 75 mile per hour winds, heavy rain, and cool temperatures, forcing nearly 20,000 people to flee their homes. As of December 17, officials had reported nine cyclone-related deaths, but media reports gave much higher figures. The storm destroyed homes, uprooted trees, and devastated crops. This true-color modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)...
Topic: Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=12553
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Although it was about 97 percent contained, according to the morning report from the National Interagency Fire Center on July 19, 2007, Utah's Milford Flat Fire continued to creep through grass and brush in the south-central part of the state, its slow crawl occasionally punctuated by isolated patches of brush bursting into flames like a lighted torch. In this image of the area captured by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov (ASTER) on NASA's...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=18693
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The Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS), flying aboard the Orbview-2 satellite, captured this view of a massive low pressure system approaching the northern California coast. High winds, heavy rain, and significant snows (elevations above 6000 feet) are expected today as this strong storm spins onshore. Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
Topic: Where -- California
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=11359
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The Caribbean Sea glowed a brilliant blue on October 23, 2005, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite captured this image. The cloud of blue is a sign of Hurricane Wilma's recent passage; it was over these waters that Wilma exploded from a weak Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour (80 miles per hour) to the most powerful hurricane ever observed. This record-breaking...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Caribbean Sea, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15754
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On February 21, 2007, a dust storm several hundred kilometers across clogged the skies over Algeria and Mali. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite took this picture the same day. This image shows the dust cloud over the Sahara Desert. As the dust is only slightly lighter than the sand below, the storm is easiest to discern in the east, over more variegated terrain. The Sahara Desert ranks unsurprisingly among the...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Algeria, Where -- Mali, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Goddard Space...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=18034
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A dust storm formed over the South Aral Sea on the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan on May 9, 2007. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite took this picture the same day. As with a earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14249 larger storm that occurred just two days earlier, this dust storm arose from a few plumes west of the Aral Sea, but primarily from sediments around the...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Aral Sea, Where -- Kazakhstan, Where -- Uzbekistan, Where -- Goddard Space...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=18359
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/15000/15530/hornis_ast_07aug05_15m.jpg August 7, 2005 (2.20 MB) Gulf Coast cities weren't the only land surfaces to take a beating from Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Barrier islands stretching from Texas to Florida were also scoured by the wind and waves of the powerful storm. Permanent changes to the shape and elevation of Horn and Petit Bois Islands south of Pascagoula, Mississippi, are visible in these infrared-enhanced images captured by the...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15530
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High-resolution data from NASA's QuikScat satellite revealed the direction and intensity of the Santa Ana winds that have caused widespread fires and property damage throughout the Los Angeles Basin in the last two days. Santa Ana is an offshore and down-slope wind in Southern California that is usually channeled through mountain gaps. In this false-color image acquired at 6 a.m. PST on Jan. 6, 2003, the various arrows represent the direction of the surface winds over the ocean, with colors...
Topics: What -- QuikSCAT, Where -- Los Angeles, Where -- California, Where -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=10729
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December 30, 2005, saw an unexpected addition to the year's weather events: Tropical Storm Zeta. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (MODIS) flying onboard the aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite captured this image on December 30, 2005, at 15:35 UTC (roughly 1:35 p.m. local time). At that time, Zeta had sustained winds of around 82 kilometers per hour (52 miles per hour). After the previous record-holding storm season of 1933, which saw 21 named storms, weather...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15906
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Typhoon Chanchu is shown here as observed by NASA's QuikSCAT satellite on May 10, 2005, at 21:11 UTC (which is May 11, 5:11 a.m. local time). At this time, the typhoon had sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour (85 miles per hour; 75 knots). Chanchu crossed the threshold to typhoon status only a few hours after this image was captured. The image shows wind speed in color and wind direction with small barbs. White barbs point to areas of heavy rain. The highest wind speeds, shown in purple,...
Topics: What -- QuikSCAT, Where -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=16640
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Although the fires that have been burning in Portugal over the last week are now under greater control, the pollution caused by the fires' emissions is still having an impact on the air quality over the region. This pollution, in the form of carbon monoxide, is detected by the Measurements Of Pollution In The Troposphere (MOPITT) instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite. This false-color image shows the concentrations of carbon monoxide at an altitude of roughly 3 km (700 millibars) for the...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Portugal, Where -- Toronto
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=11870
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This true-color image of Tropical Cyclone Kujira was acquired on April 15, 2003, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA's Aqua satellite. The high-resolution image provided above is 1000 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at MODIS' maximum spatial resolution of rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/?2003105-0415/Kujira.A2003105.0350.250m.jpg 250 meters. Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=11309
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Deadly wildfires in southern Greece wafted thick clouds of smoke over the Ionian Sea and southward to the Mediterranean in late August 2007. This image of Greece was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite on August 26, and places where MODIS detected actively burning fires are outlined in red. A line of fires stretches along the western coast of Greece's Peloponnesus Peninsula. To the northeast, a large...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Greece, Where -- Ionian Sea, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=18939
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/14000/14414/Andaman_TMO_2003023_lrg.jpeg January 23, 2003 (246 kb) Among the first places to be affected by the massive tidal wave that ripped across the Indian Ocean on December 26, 2004, were the Andaman Islands. Located approximately 850 kilometers north of the epicenter of the earthquake that triggered the tsunami, the islands were not only among the first land masses to be swept under the wave, they have also been rattled by a series of...
Topics: Where -- Indian Ocean, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=14414
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Southern Mexico and northern Central America experience a dry season that runs from roughly February through May each year. During that time, fires are common, both intentional agriculture-related fires as well as accidental forest fires. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA' terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite on May 7, 2008, shows scores of fires (locations marked in red) burning across the mountains of southern Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, and...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Guatemala
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=19834
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On the afternoon of April 13, 2006, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite detected two smoky fires burning in northwestern Arkansas' Boston Mountains when the sensor passed over head and collected this image. The actively burning part of the fire detected by MODIS is outlined in red. Both fires have large plumes of smoke drifting northward. The Arkansas River runs through the image's bottom left corner, while at top,...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Arkansas, Where -- Boston, Where -- Missouri, Where -- Goddard Space Flight...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=16446
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The MODIS instrument flying aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of Hurricane Javier on September 13, 2004 at 20:40 UTC (4:40 PM EDT). At the time this image was taken Javier was located approximately 982 km (610 miles) southeast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and was moving towards the northwest at 15 km/hr (9 mph). Maximum sustained winds were near 222 km/hr (138 mph) with higher gusts to 269 km/hr (167 mph). NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, from data...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13901
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With sustained winds near 140 km per hour (87 mph), Tropical Cyclone Kalunde was situated well south and east of Diego Garcia in the center of the Indian Ocean. However, the latest forecasts suggest Kalunde will soon veer increasingly southward toward oblivion in the colder latitudes of the southern Indian Ocean. This true-color image of the storm was acquired on March 10, 2003, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA's Aqua satellite. The high-resolution image...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Indian Ocean, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=11021
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This modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from the aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite on March 17, 2003, shows scores of fires (red dots) detected by MODIS across West Africa. The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at MODIS' maximum spatial resolution of http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/?2003076-0317/WAfrica.A2003076.1410.250m.jpg 250 meters. Image courtesy Jacques...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=10464
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Two consecutive storm systems brought widespread flooding to most of Central and coastal Texas in mid-November. As surface high pressure over the southeast US pumped warm, moist air up from the Gulf of Mexico, an upper-level low centered over far west Texas provided the trigger for numerous showers and thunderstorms across the state. The hardest hit areas were central Texas including the hill country and the gulf coast between Corpus Christi and Galveston. The town of El Campo southwest of...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), Where -- Texas, Where -- Gulf of Mexico, Where...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=14255
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/15000/15883/thailand_TRM_12-19dec05.qt Quicktime (.qt) format (790 kB) Parts of the Malay Peninsula, including southern Thailand and northern Malaysia, were hit hard by severe flooding after torrential monsoon rains that fell over two weeks in mid-December. December is part of the region's northeast monsoon, when prevailing northeasterly winds flow into the region from across the South China Sea. Because the winds carry abundant moisture, heavy rains...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), Where -- Thailand, Where -- Malaysia, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15883
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Scattered fires were burning in western Argentina (center) on November 19, 2003. The dry, rugged Andes Mountains to the left of image center give way to a vast plain, which is extensively used for agriculture. This image and active fire detections (marked in red) were captured by the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite. The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Argentina, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=12477
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A low-pressure system off the southeastern corner of Australia was drawing out a cloud of dust on March 20, 2003. According to news reports, the dust plume consists primarily of topsoil that strong winds swept up off the parched landscape in that region. The province of Victoria was hit particularly hard and this is considered one of the worst dust storms in that state's history. There is speculation that the dust plume may travel as far eastward as New Zealand. This true-color scene was...
Topics: Where -- Australia, Where -- Victoria, Where -- New Zealand
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=11153
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/13000/13083/terra_arkansas_17apr04_250m.jpg April 17, 2004 (Terra MODIS; 1.3 Mb JPEG) Heavy rains in northwestern Arkansas are beginning to cause flooding downstream in northeastern Arkansas. The White River, a tributary of the Mississippi River, appeared flooded in this modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image, acquired by the aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite on April 27, 2004. Blue patches of water line the river,...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Terra, Where -- Arkansas, Where -- Mississippi, Where -- Tennessee, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13083
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Tropical Storm Dolly was wrapped around the Yucatan Peninsula on July 21, 2008, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite captured this image. Only the northern half of the storm remained intact after its passage over the peninsula from the Caribbean Sea to the Gulf of Mexico. According to the 1:00 p.m. (Central Daylight Time) advisory from the National Hurricane Center on July 21, Dolly was moving...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Caribbean Sea, Where -- Gulf of Mexico, Where -- Goddard...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=20268
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This modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from March 18, 2003, shows fires (red dots) burning in the Volga River Delta (center) and in southwestern Russia and ice breaking up in the northern reaches of the Caspian Sea. The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at MODIS' maximum spatial resolution of 250 meters. Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS...
Topics: Where -- Russia, Where -- Caspian Sea, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=11117
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The MODIS instrument onboard NASA's Aqua satellite detected earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=12530 widespread fire activity on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. The burning of biomass produces, among other pollutants, high amounts of carbon monoxide (CO) which is detected by the Measurements of Pollution in the Troposphere (MOPITT) instrument launched on board the Terra satellite in December 1999. The false-color image below shows the atmospheric carbon...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Toronto, Where -- Indonesia
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13752
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In eastern New Mexico, a range fire broke out on November 30, 2005. According to a http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1110AP_Range_Fire.html news report, the fire broke out on a military bombing range, rapidly scorching more than 25,000 acres. The small farming town of Floyd, New Mexico, located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of Clovis, had to be evacuated while authorities brought the blaze under control. This image of the fire (active areas marked in red) was captured on the...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- New Mexico, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15846
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The satellite image shows the swirling clouds associataed with the low-pressure system. This image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (MODIS) on the terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite on February 1, 2006, at 01:50 UTC (10:50 a.m. local time). In the southern hemisphere, low-pressure systems develop spiral patterns that wind clockwise around the center of the system because of the rotation of the Earth. (Low-pressure systems spin counter-clockwise...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Indian Ocean, Where -- Australia
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=16030
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On November 29, 2006, the Courier Mail news service in Australia reported that the source of ''that eerie glow'' in the Brisbane area resulted from dust. A dust storm originating along the border between New South Wales and Queensland clogged the skies over the region. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (MODIS) flying onboard NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite captured this image of the dust storm as it headed toward the Coral Sea on November 30. In this...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Australia, Where -- Brisbane, Where -- Coral Sea, Where -- Goddard Space...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17706
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This modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image of southern and central India was captured on March 15, 2004, by the aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite. Across the country, numerous fires are burning and have been marked in red in the image. In the bottom part of the scene, fires line the foothills of the Western (left) and Eastern (right) Ghats Mountains. In the top of the scene, the fires are predominantly located near rivers. The widespread nature of the fires...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
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The prevailing westerly winds in the mid-latitudes often blow dust from deserts in China and Mongolia toward Japan. In this pair of images from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra and aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellites, a dust storm ripples across the deserts of Inner Mongolia on April 14, 2005 (Aqua MODIS, top), and spreads out over the Sea of Japan to the east on April 15 (Terra MODIS, bottom). The high-resolution image...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Aqua, Where -- China, Where -- Mongolia, Where -- Japan, Where -- Sea of...
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On May 14, 2003, the MODIS instrument onboard the NASA's Terra satellite captured this bird's-eye view of Tropical Cyclone 01B in the Bay of Bengal. This satellite image reveals that the low-level circulation is fully exposed to the east of the deep convection (dense cloud). The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at MODIS' maximum spatial resolution of rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/?2003134-0514 250 meters....
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Bay of Bengal, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
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Just weeks after taking a beating from Typhoon Man-Yi in mid-July 2007, Japan's southern islands were visited by Typhoon Usagi in early August. Although not as strong as Man-Yi, Usagi still forced the region to cancel air traffic and ferry services, and it left tens of thousand of homes without power, said news reports. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite was captured on August 2, 2007, at...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Japan, Where -- Korea, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center...
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Dust and smoke mingled in the skies over Southeast Asia and eastern China on March 28, 2006. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (MODIS) flying onboard the terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite took this picture the same day. In this image, white clouds hang in smoggy skies. The tiny red dots splattered over the landscape are thermal anomalies, areas where the satellite sensor detected temperatures much warmer than the surroundings. These thermal anomalies are...
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/14000/14601/pakistan_amo_06feb05_250m.jpg February 6, 2005 (Aqua MODIS; 1.1 MB) Ongoing rain continues to flood southern Pakistan. On March 4, 2005, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite captured the top image of the taxed Dasht and Koja River basins. Sediment-laden water is light blue in contrast to the pink of the surrounding soil. Compared to February 6, the entire...
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Numerous fires were detected by the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite on April 13, 2004, as the spacecraft passed over southern Mexico. The fires are marked with orange dots in this scene, which centers on the region south of Lake Chapala (northwest of image center). The lake and the Pacific Ocean are brightened by sun glint on the water. North of the lake is the city of Guadalajara. The widespread nature of the fires...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Sun, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/14000/14826/Chesapeake_TMO_2005081_lrg.jpg March 22, 2005 (6.3 MB) Torrential rains hammered the east coast of the United States on April 2 and April 3, 2005. The rain fell on ground already soaked from earlier storms and melting snow, and the excess water poured into rivers. The Delaware and Susquehanna Rivers both pushed over their banks, flooding nearby communities. A few days later, flood water laden with dirt and debris made its way downstream...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- United States of America, Where -- Delaware, Where -- Goddard Space Flight...
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Thick haze hung over the North China Plain on October 8, 2004. The densest haze has gathered at the foot of the Luliang Mountains in the north and is snaking west along the Wei River Valley. According to news reports, Beijing was plagued by a soupy mixture of fog and pollution, and this image supports the story. Beijing is located west of the Bo Hai (Sea) under the northernmost section of the haze. The Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor aboard the OrbView-2 satellite captured this image. On...
Topics: Where -- China, Where -- Beijing, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
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Tropical Cyclone Eseta is sprawled across 1,700 kilometers of the southwestern Pacific Ocean in this modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from the aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite on March 12, 2003. The eastern edge of the storm is draped across the island of Fiji. The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at MODIS' maximum spatial resolution of...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Where -- Fiji
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The MODIS instrument onboard NASA's Terra spacecraft captured this bird's-eye view of Typhoon Dujuan (Mandarin for azalea) as it was located just off the coast of China, near Hong Kong. At the time this image was taken, Dujuan was packing sustained winds near 70 mph with higher gusts and was moving toward the west-northwest at 21 mph. Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC.
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- China, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
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Scores of fires were burning in central South America and were detected by the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite on April 16, 2003. Fires (red dots) are visible is Paraguay (top center) and Argentina (left). Right of center, fires are burning in the peninsula-like Misiones region of Argentina, which harbors some of the last remaining tracts of a unique rainforest ecosystem known as Atlantic Rainforest. The ecosystem,...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Paraguay, Where -- Argentina, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
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Tropical Storm Kenna was born over the eastern North Pacific Ocean and in this image is positioned 370 miles south of Acapulco, Mexico. Maximum sustained winds were close to 40 mph, and the storm was headed towards the west-northwest at 12 mph. This Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite image was captured on October 22 and reveals the rain structure as measured by the TRMM Microwave Imager (TMI). The yellow isosurface represents areas where at least 0.5 inches of rain fell per...
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Fires burning in the Atlas Mountains on the northern coast of Algeria turned deadly in late August 2007. Several people were killed by forest fires that were driven rapidly across the landscape by sirocco winds (hot dry winds that blow from Africa's interior deserts toward the Mediterranean). According to news reports, thousands of soldiers were deployed to help battle the fires. Cooler weather and firefighting efforts brought many fires under control by August 31. This image shows fires (red...
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Western Europe continued to bake in late July 2006. Following an unusually warm spell earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13743 between July 12 and 19, temperatures across most of the region remained much warmer than normal. This image shows land surface (as opposed to air) temperatures collected from July 20-27, 2006, compared to the average temperatures for that period over the past six years (2000-2005). Places that were up to ten degrees Celsius warmer...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Belgium, Where -- Denmark, Where -- Ireland, Where -- Netherlands, Where --...
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A flash of blue and green lit the waters off Namibia in early November 2007 as a phytoplankton bloom grew and faded in the Atlantic Ocean. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite captured this photo-like image on November 8, 2007. The bloom stretches from north to south along hundreds of kilometers, though it is brightest in the center of this image. Such blooms are common in the coastal waters off southwest Africa...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Namibia, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Goddard Space...
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On June 9, 2005, a severe windstorm sent trees, billboards, and power lines crashing to the ground in the province of Punjab in western India. As residents of this populous region recovered from the severe wind and rain, they heard warnings of a dust storm in the next 24 hours. As predicted, it swept into the region the next day. This dust storm, over 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) in length, stretched from central Pakistan into northern India. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Pakistan, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
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On September 20, in the Caucasus Mountains, the collapse of a hanging glacier from the slope of Mt. Dzhimarai-Khokh onto the Kolka Glacier below triggered an avalanche of ice and debris. The debris slid more than 15 miles (24 km). The avalanche buried small villages in the Russian Republic of North Ossetia, killing dozens of people. The source of the avalanche can be seen at lower left, at the starting point of a long line of grayish avalanche debris standing out against the bright snow and...
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The MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of Hurricane Ivan on Septebmer 10, 2004 at 18:30 UTC (2:30 PM EDT). At the time this image was taken Ivan was located approximately 140 km (85 miles) south-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica and was moving towards the west-northwest at 19 km/hr (12 mph). Ivan had maximum sustained winds of 230 km/hr (145 mph) with higher gusts. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at...
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A thick haze settled heavily into low-lying areas in the mountainous terrain of southern China on February 24, 2005. The gray pall is packed into river valleys and basins, such as a large, circular basin ringed by mountains near image center. The Yangtze River flows through that basin, and it is densely populated, having three cities with populations between 1 and 5 million, five cities with populations between 500,000 and 1 million, six cities with populations between 100,000 and 500,000, and...
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Hundreds of fires were detected burning throughout Angola (bottom) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (top) in this true-color modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image acquired on June 28, 2003, by the aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite. All of the fires are marked in bright red. Some of the fires have visible smoke plumes that are contributing to the gray-blue haze over the upper right portion of the image. In the higher resolutions of this image, smoke...
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Ribbons and swirls of yellow trace out regions of high chlorophyll concentration in the Arabian Sea in this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) image, taken by NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite on February 22, 2005. High chlorophyll concentrations indicate that tiny ocean plants, called phytoplankton, are thriving near the ocean's surface. The plants can both nourish and destroy a marine ecosystem. Phytoplankton are a major source of food for many...
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Thick haze clouded the skies over Pakistan on December 20, 2006, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite captured this image. Several of Pakistan's largest cities, including Lahore and Islamabad, are sandwiched between the Indus River and the Indian border in the area shown in this image. Cars burning low-quality fuel pump out pollutants in these densely populated regions, making air pollution a serious...
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The SeaWiFS sensor onboard the OrbView-2 satellite captured this visible image of Typhoon Nanmadol on December 2, 2004, at 4:15 UTC. At the time this image was taken Nanmadol was located approximately 590 miles east-southeast of Naga City and was moving towards the west-northwest at 27 mph. This make Nanmadol the fastest moving typhoon of the 2004 season. Maximum sustained winds were near 121 mph with higher gusts to 150 mph. Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center,...
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/14000/14004/aster_gonaives_08aug01_15m.jpg August 8, 2001 (2.4 MB) The floods that claimed the lives of at least 1,500 Haitians and left as many missing, also filled a large lake basin outside of Gonaives. The basin, which was a dry dust bowl on August 8, 2001, was still completely covered with water on October 3, 2004, two weeks after Hurricane Jeanne's heavy rains induced the flooding. Some of the water may have been present before the floods, but...
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At the base of the Himalaya Mountains in northwestern India, the annual agricultural fire season was underway in the states of Punjab (closest to Pakistan) and Haryana (to the southeast) in mid-October 2005. Punjab occupies less than two percent of the area of the country, and yet it produces about two-thirds of the food grains in India. Wheat and rice are the two most commonly grown food crops. Farmers use fire to clear fields and get them ready for new plantings. In this Moderate Resolution...
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In the northern Rockies, the Bitterroot Range Mountains along the border of Idaho and Montana were experiencing severe drought in late August. Fires were burning when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite passed over the region and captured this image on August 27, 2005. The image centers on Idaho County, where MODIS detected numerous ''hot spots,'' which are outlined in red. The smokiest of the blazes is the Frank...
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/15000/15102/india_amo_19jun05_250m.jpg June 19, 2005 (3.0 MB) Heavy monsoon rains brought floods to northeastern India in late August 2005. The floods marooned hundreds of villages, affecting 800,000 people in the Uttar Pradesh State. The rivers were still swollen on August 29, 2005, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite captured the top image. Shown in false color,...
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Ecuador's El Reventador volcano, situated roughly 60 miles northeast of Quito, erupted suddenly on November 3, 2002, sending a cloud of ash 10 miles into the sky. This true-color scene was acquired by the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS), flying aboard the OrbView-2 satellite, within hours after the eruption began. In this scene, the volcanic plume appears grey and can easily be distinguished from the whiter clouds. Much of the ash has settled onto Ecuador's capital city and the...
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Forest fires were burning across a broad swath of the Central Siberian Plateau on July 24, 2006, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite passed overhead and captured this image. Places where the sensor detected actively burning fires are marked in red. A shroud of smoke spreads over thousands of square kilometers of Russia. In the center of the image, the smoke has a brownish tinge. The city of Ust'-Ilimsk,...
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A high concentration of fires (red dots) was detected in southern Guinea (center) in West Africa on March 10, 2003, by the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite. Other countries shown are (clockwise from top left) Senegal (surrounding Gambia), Mali, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea-Bissau. Over the Atlantic Ocean (left), dust from the Sahara Desert creates a tan haze. The high-resolution image provided above...
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On August 17, 2004, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), aboard NASA's Terra satellite, observed a large plume of dust blowing out of the Sistan Basin and fanning out over a large portion of southern Afghanistan and northern Pakistan. Once a lush oasis spanning more than 2,000 square kilometers (800 square miles), the earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Study/hamoun/ Hamoun Wetlands were a major source of food and shelter for the people of Central Asia. Within the last decade,...
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Numerous fires (red dots) were burning in the Punjab regions of India (right) and Pakistan (left) on either side of the border between the two. In India, the fires extend southeastward into the Haryana region as well. This modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from April 29, 2003, was captured by the terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite. At top right are the Himalaya Mountains. The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid...
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Tropical Cyclone Hary can be seen just off the southern tip of Madagascar in this true-color image taken on March 12, 2002 at 6:50 UTC by the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard NASA's Terra spacecraft. The cyclone, which came from the northeast, narrowly missed Madagascar this past weekend and instead skirted the eastern shore of the island. When this image was taken, the cyclone was packing winds of over 125 kilometers (75 miles) per hour. Currently, Tropical...
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On December 6, 2003, a wide plume of dust blew over North Africa and northwestward over the Mediterranean Sea. Tracking dust storms is important for a variety of reasons. Dust injects nutrients, such as iron, into marine ecosystems. Dust also carries bacteria and spores from fungi, which can cause disease far away. Dust storms can cause or worsen breathing problems. Finally, dust in the atmosphere can also influence climate and weather. Numerous dust storms carry Saharan dust across the...
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A ferry carrying more than 600 passengers sank in the Java Sea between the islands of Borneo (image center) and Java (to the south-southwest) just before midnight on December 29, 2006, during high winds and rough seas. On January 1, 2007, a plane carrying more than 100 people crashed on its flight over the Java Sea; high winds and turbulent weather are being investigated as possible causes. The origin of surges of deadly wind in this usually relatively calm region are poorly understood, and the...
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