Crisis in the Cresent
Drought turns the Fertile Crescent into a dust bowl.
These plots show the ratio of change in dust activity across the Arabian Peninsula between 2008 and 2012, compared to the time period 2001 to 2005. The blue polygon shows the area of greatest vegetation decline. Data are from the Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) satellite instrument. (Courtesy M. Notaro, et al., 2015, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres)