A dust storm or sandstorm is a meteorological phenomenon common in arid and semi-arid regions. Dust storms arise when a gust front blows loose sand and dust from a dry surface. Particles are transported by saltation and suspension, causing soil erosion from one place and deposition in another. The Sahara and drylands around the Arabian peninsula are the main source of airborne dust, with some contributions from Iran, Pakistan and India into the Arabian Sea, and China.

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Dust Storm Photograph by Daniel Bryant 20+ Stunning Photos of Extreme Weather

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"The Season of Death begins with an uprising of red sand from the East--in the fourth month. Many times it comes sooner than expected. Anybody who is not in the city before the Season hits will die." - A Stranger's Journal

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"I've experienced these in the Middle East. It's hot as an oven, and that dust isn't coming through slowly. It feels like you're being sandblasted." Sandstrom

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spaceexp: “A gigantic dust storm sweeps across Mars, taken by Viking 2, 1977 ”

spaceexp: “A gigantic dust storm sweeps across Mars, taken by Viking 2, 1977 ”

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