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Sandstorm

by Pasha

Sandstorms are windstorms that blows hot air, dust, and grit. They are caused by heavy winds blowing over loose sand. This wind is sometimes caused by convection currents. Clouds in a dark brownish colour, usually means a sandstorm is coming.

Sandstorms mostly occur in hot deserts such as the Sahara and Gobi Deserts. They also sometimes happen near Beijing, China, and happen during the day when the earth heats up.

They damage electricity, tools, and weak houses, causing a big problem in Asia and Africa. Poor people have to spend more money to repair their houses and shelter. Sand is little pieces of rock chipped in tiny sections.

There are similar sandstorms on Mars. Sandstorms can sometimes blow you five feet off the ground from where you are standing.

Sandstorms can ruin entire sand dunes or wreck an entire road.

Sandstorms are usually limited within 3m (10 feet) of ground, very rarely getting 15 feet off the ground. They are sometimes known as dust storms.

The leading edge of a sandstorm often appears as a wall of dust. Visibility is usually reduced to zero. They are naturally occuring pheonomens in which wind speeds exceed around 85 km/h.

Sandstorms can easily come out of nowhere behind the sand dunes when you are least expecting it to happen. They develop in desert areas where they can get stirred up.



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