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Strong winds blowing over loose soil or sand causes sandstorms. During a sandstorm, so much material is picked up by the winds that visibility is greatly reduced. Heating of the air over the desert causes instability in ... More »

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Other words for sandstorm include dust storm, sand spout and sand column. A sandstorm is defined as a windstorm or a strong wind, typically in a desert, that blows large clouds of sand or dust. More »

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Dust storms begin as winds lift small particles of dry, loose soil into the air. While larger particles often fall back to the ground quickly, smaller ones can stay aloft for days. These small particles often travel thou... More »

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