• Question: Oh and how are sand storms like created?happen? ;)

    Asked by adventuretime to Ivan, James, Jessica, Nicola, Sarah on 19 Nov 2013. This question was also asked by mileywannabe311.
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      James King answered on 19 Nov 2013:

      Hi adventuretime!

      Sand storms are created by large wind storms over places that have very dry soils (usually deserts). The large storms are not that different than a tornado in terms of wind speeds that can be generated, but they do not produce the classic twisting spiral.

      Sand storms happen at least once a week somewhere in the world! This is mostly northern Africa and the Middle East, although China and Australia also have many sand storms.

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      Jessica Liley answered on 19 Nov 2013:

      James has covered it all! They sound like pretty scary phenomena…sometimes the dust/sand travels at more than 75 miles per hour!

      Apparently they have different (pretty interesting-sounding) names depending on where they occur: e.g. a “simoom” is a sand storm from the Sahara, a “haboob” is one around the country of Sudan.

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      Ivan Campeotto answered on 19 Nov 2013:

      James is the expert here in this topic and thank you for asking this, as I have also learned from his answer

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      Sarah Tesh answered on 19 Nov 2013:

      James’ answer is really interesting! I’ve seen images of sandstorms and they look very intimidating – kind of like a giant wave of sand.

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      Nicola Potts answered on 19 Nov 2013:

      James’ answer was really good! Again thanks for asking I just learnt something new also!