A dust plume hovered over the border between Russias Far East and China on30 April 2007. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Aqua satellite took this picturethe same day.
30 April 2007
In this image, the dust plume appears as a tan blob over the border betweenRussia and China. The dust plume likely originated in the arid west, perhaps inMongolia. The dust particles enjoy plenty of company as they cloud the skiesover eastern Asia. Surrounding the dust are not only white clouds but also dingygray haze, likely resulting from fires in the region. Just east of the dust plume are three distinct fingers of smokethat blow toward the northwest in a counterclockwise direction. Thehigh-resolution image shows a burn scar (dark brown areas) at the southeasternbase of these smoke plumes. South of the dust plume, the haze may result frompollution. (source: EarthObservatory)