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Dust Storms – Violent Face of the Sahara

The Sahara Desert duststorm is a mixture of strong, violent wind that carries fine particles like silt, clay, dust and other materials for long distances. The fine particles swirl around in the air during the storm and can spread over hundreds of miles and rise over 10,000 feet (305 meters).

Also known as the Sand Storms, these occur when the force of the wind exceeds, which in return pulls away very large amount of loose sand from any dry surface of the desert region. The Sand Storms tend to change both the local and global climate, causing major destruction to the local economies.

The Sahara Desert ranks unsurprisingly among the world’s most dust-prone regions. Dust from this desert not only crosses national boundaries, but can also travel across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean. The Sahara Desert which is in northern Africa is amongst the very well known area that produces huge dust storms.

The heavy wind-blown dust from the Sahara desert dust promotes the growth of algae and is also is also rich in nitrogen, iron and phosphorus, which plays a crucial role in fertilization and production of the planktons.

Sahara Desert produces strong, turbulent wind of large clouds; these activities are the huge storm that carries with itself fine dust. These are estimated to be raised to heights well over 10,000 ft (3000 m) and carried for hundreds or thousands of miles (1 mi = 1.6 km). A Sahara sand cloud rises above 3.3–6.6 ft (1–2 m) is one of the most huge dust cloud raised this high at any desert storms.

Dust storms usually arrive without warning and advance in the form of a big wall of dust and debris. Today Dust storm have become the most common factor that causes massive soil erosion, resulting in mass destruction and human life ware and tear.