Dust storm off Alaska, 2005.
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A massive dust storm of glacial sediments swept off the coast of Alaska on 5 November 2005. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flying onboard the Aqua satellite took this picture of the storm as it dispersed over the Gulf of Alaska. In this image, the dust appears as a pale beige plume, standing out from both the snowy landscape and ocean water underneath it. A close look at this picture shows how the dust storm actually turns several corners on its way out to sea.