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Dust storms cloud Iranís future
Asia Times ^ | 11 April 2014 | David Michel

Posted on 04/12/2014 1:56:49 PM PDT by Lorianne

Iran is, literally, being blown away. Stifling dust storms frequently now envelop both big cities and rural towns across much of Iran, the world’s 17th largest country. They threaten to disrupt crucial parts of public and economic life, education, commerce, public health, agriculture, trade and transportation. Swirling clouds of windblown silt, soil, and sediment - already affected 23 of Iran’s 31 provinces in 2013, according to Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar, head of the country’s Environmental Protection Organization.

Iran’s massive dust storms could also spill well across Iran’s borders, generating serious regional consequences and tensions. Dust clouds veiled Tehran for 117 days of the Iranian year, which ran from March 2012 to March 2013. And blinding sand storms blocked roads across the eastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan last summer, isolating nearly 60 towns and villages.

Dust storms regularly arise in arid and semi-arid regions around the world. Indeed, the Islamic Republic sits in the center of a Northern Hemisphere “dust belt” stretching from the west coast of North Africa, through the Middle East, and across South and Central Asia to China. Winds gusting over the open, level landscape of Iran’s dry plateaus, deserts, and salt flats readily pick up loose soil and sand, lifting bits of dirt and grit into the atmosphere and carrying it tens, hundreds, or even thousands of miles away.

(Excerpt) Read more at atimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: iran

1 posted on 04/12/2014 1:56:49 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne
I saw what was described as a small,short lived,sandstorm in Dubai a couple of years ago.”Intimidating” doesn't begin to describe them.
2 posted on 04/12/2014 1:59:31 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Gay State Conservative

May all the Iranians and Arab Muzzies choke on their dust.


3 posted on 04/12/2014 2:03:48 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: Lorianne

Can I be the first? Bush’s fault because of his weather machine!


4 posted on 04/12/2014 2:10:57 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Mastador1

As this is in Iran, it must be a Mossad Operation.


5 posted on 04/12/2014 2:24:26 PM PDT by LukeL
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To: LukeL

Those dust storms frequently carry small insects including scorpions and spiders. Really makes life interesting.


6 posted on 04/12/2014 2:29:52 PM PDT by Ben Mugged (The number one enemy of liberalism is reality.)
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To: LukeL

Then one must assume that Allah cannot or will not protect his beloveds.


7 posted on 04/12/2014 2:30:11 PM PDT by Spok ("What're you going to believe-me or your own eyes?" -Marx (Groucho))
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To: Lorianne

We could solve the dust problem very easily. Just turn the sand into glass. Voila, no more dust problem.


8 posted on 04/12/2014 2:35:35 PM PDT by certrtwngnut (')
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To: Lorianne

You go to most of those cities and they are built on top
of older cities built on top of even older cities. I would
have to guess the the vast majority all the cities that
have ever existed there are, have been or eventually will
be buried. So whats new?


9 posted on 04/12/2014 2:38:39 PM PDT by Slambat
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To: Lorianne

What all the haboob, bub?


10 posted on 04/12/2014 2:48:28 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Mastador1

Allah, or Baal, the more feeble younger “brother” to Jahweh, lost the argument, and this was the judgment of the Universe.

Those who believe in Allah shall be subjected to a number of plagues, including dust storms that involve whole nations.

But first they shall be driven mad.


11 posted on 04/12/2014 2:50:22 PM PDT by alloysteel (Selective and willful ignorance spells doom, to both victim and perpetrator - mostly the perp.)
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To: certrtwngnut

Turning all their sand into glass would create a nice big dusty radiation cloud. No harm in that IMHO.


12 posted on 04/12/2014 2:54:26 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: certrtwngnut

Yes. You’ll stop having sand storms and start having shard storms.


13 posted on 04/12/2014 3:01:29 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Rodamala

That’s a heck of a ghibli!


14 posted on 04/12/2014 3:01:40 PM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Lorianne

That climate change is a bitch.


15 posted on 04/12/2014 3:08:07 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Dr. Ursus
It's not Rocco Science, it's just a Scirocco.
16 posted on 04/12/2014 3:17:26 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Lorianne

God is not mocked.


17 posted on 04/12/2014 3:55:50 PM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

There are worse forms of being blown away, capiche?

Thanks Lorianne.


18 posted on 04/12/2014 4:42:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Lorianne
Grit-filled machines grind to a halt

Yet the centrifuges continue to spin!

19 posted on 04/12/2014 7:29:30 PM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: SunkenCiv

No wonder the Iranians aren’t interested in solar power, though they claim they need to provide more energy to their population.


20 posted on 04/12/2014 7:51:55 PM PDT by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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To: Slambat
You go to most of those cities and they are built on top of older cities built on top of even older cities. I would have to guess the the vast majority all the cities that have ever existed there are, have been or eventually will be buried. So whats new?

If'n it wasn't fer all them dust storms and putting' cities up higher 'n higher, the earth would still be only 23,000 miles in diameter.

21 posted on 04/13/2014 3:57:32 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: trebb

“If’n it wasn’t fer all them dust storms and putting’ cities up higher ‘n higher, the earth would still be only 23,000 miles in diameter.”

Just for laughs I went and looked this up.
According to Wiki,
“By one estimate, as much 40,000 tons of cosmic dust reaches the Earth’s surface every year.”

You think the middle east gets it all?


22 posted on 04/13/2014 4:00:26 PM PDT by Slambat
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