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Libyan dust cloud
August 27, 2001

NASA’S Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) captured a striking image of a giant dust plume blowing across Libya and about 200 miles over Mediterranean Sea around 7 a.m. EST August 22.

Recent research has shown large dust clouds can inhibit precipitation and may be harmful to coral reefs. SeaWiFs measures ocean color to help scientists better understand the global carbon cycle. The SeaWiFS instrument is carried on the Orbview-2 satellite.


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