"It's...it's across the entire horizon."
Inside a sandstorm in the Sahara. "It seems like they've been transported to Mars."
"The sky turned orange as the storm approached, until total darkness blanketed the ground."
Sandstorms in Iraq -- caused by heating of the desert sand and a northwesterly summer wind known as the shamal -- can kill
. (A similiar storm over Interstate 5 in California in 1991 caused a deadly 164-car pileup
.) They can also be uncannily beautiful and dream-like
when seen from a distance
China is drying up and blowing to California.
Right now, tonight. Sorry, no 2008 Beijing Olympics, east Asia n'exist plus
. Here's satellite pix of some of the 20 Chinese megastorms that have already occurred this baby century from NASA
and NASA again
and a Google search
returning zillions of other links, for fellow regressives who wouldn't ordinarily hang out at CommonDreams.org. (initial link from robotwisdom