Red Waves Are Breaking Across the Land

There is nothing that embodies the idea of "terrible beauty" more than an approaching sandstorm. Here is what these awe-inspiring forces of nature look like, right before they consume the ocean or landscape in blinding clouds.

Onslow storm, Western Australia, 9 January 2013

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Pictured above. (via The Roosevelts, Levi Cooper and Brett Martin/PerthWeatherLive.com)

Phoenix, Arizona, July 31, 2011

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(via Alan Stark/Flickr)

Haboob in the Phoenix Area, July 20, 2012

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(via Steve Flowers)

June 27, 2010, Phoenix, Arizona

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(via Alan Stark/Flickr)

February 1, 2010, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

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(via Tim Gimbert/Flickr)

Mungerannie Hotel, South Australia, 31 January 2010

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The name Mungeranie means "big ugly face" in Aboriginal, and it's the only fuel and supplies depot on the Birdsville Track.

(via Sydney Oats/Flickr)

2009 Australian dust storm, 22-24 September 2009

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Sydney, 23 September 2009

(via Bite The Dust)

Al-Asad, Iraq, 26 April 2005

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The dust storm which originated near the Syrian-Jordanian border swept across Iraq's western desert.

(via U.S. Marine Corps/Gunnery Sgt. Shannon Arledge)

Phoenix, August 19, 1999

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(via Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

Khartoum, Sudan

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