On the return trip from the chow hall this morning, we got to walk through clouds of dust with the consistency of talcum power. That's apparently not going to be unusual in Iraq, thanks to a thin layer of dust that in most places sits on top of what is generally hard ground.
The dust gets stirred up when winds blow even a little more strongly than normal, say, 10 knots. Visibility goes down to about an eigth of a mile, and only enough light gets through to let you know that it is indeed daytime.
Walking through Iraqi dust reminds me of walking through fog in the U.S., except that the dust causes your eyes to water and sting as they try to filter sand particles away from your cornea. I've never really appreciated the value of topsoil until coming to a place where it is so rare.
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