Asian dust storm, satellite image

Asian dust storm, satellite image

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Credit: DR JAY HERMAN/NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Asian dust storm. Ultraviolet (UV) satellite image of aerosols from dust and smoke (yellow, orange, red and green). Strong winds in spring carry large amounts of dust from deserts in China and Mongolia east across Asia and towards the Pacific Ocean. Biomass burning in southeast Asia also spreads east. Airborne aerosols affect the climate by reflecting sunlight and encouraging cloud formation, cooling the land beneath. Dust deposited into the Pacific Ocean increases the mineral content and encourages phytoplankton growth. Image taken by NASA's Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS) in April 2001.

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