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What is the difference between a dust storm and a sand storm?


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April 20, 2010 8:09PM

The difference is in the size of the flying particles. A sandstorm has larger particles, being made up of grains of sand. Sandstorms occur in desert areas, where winds pick up and carry sand particles. These are especially suffocating and dangerous, and the sand can bury people and even houses. Sand storms cause complete remodelling of the desert landscape. Dust storms can occur wherever the soil has been dried and exposed, and tend to occur during hot summers and long drought periods. The dust particles are much smaller and lighter. Deaths during a dust storm are more likely to occur through asthma and related lung conditions.