Sandstorms Turn China Into Earthly Arrakis

Roiling sandstorms in China's Xinjiang province have enveloped the far western Hotan prefecture in a thick orange miasma straight out of Frank Herbert's Dune. Let's hope the Shai-Hulud decided to stay fictional.

The sandstorms began on Friday and inundated the Western province over the weekend.

The sandstorms are supposed to subside today, but we're left with one pressing question: does this mean the Mongolian death worm is actually a sandworm? Or vice versa?

[via Reuters and NECN. Photo of previous Xinjiang sandstorm via Central Asian Traveler.]