Sahara Desert Dust Over Greece

On April 17, 2005 the people of Greece found their cournty covered in a fine, orange-colored dust.

This satellite photograph taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectometer (MODIS), shows how strong southern winds carried desert dust from Egypt and Lybia over Greece.

This is a common occurance in the spring, and according to NASA's Earth Observatory "The winds that produced this dust storm blew at an average of 75-89 kilometers per hour (47-55 mph) near the sea’s surface, and stronger winds prevailed higher in the atmosphere."

This satellite picture is
courtesy of NASA, Earth Observatory


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