Strong dust storm photographed from space

October 8, 2012 satellite "Aqua" filmed as severe dust storm from the west coast of Africa is moving towards the Atlantic Ocean. This storm extends from the border area between Mauritania and Western Sahara, and then towards the island nation of Cape Verde. The photo shows the second day of the activity of this natural phenomenon.

Tracts of sand, which are also called ergs, scattered throughout Mauritania and neighboring countries. These reservoirs of sand in excess supply material for the formation of dust storms. Dry, warm and full of the dust layer of air that forms over North Africa in the period from late spring to early fall (also called "Saharan Air Layer"), often carries dust on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean 

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