Red Waves Are Breaking Across the Land There is nothing that embodies the idea of "terrible beauty" more than an approaching sandstorm. Here is what these awe-inspiring forces of nature look like, right before they consume the ocean or landscape in blinding clouds.

Onslow storm, Western Australia, 9 January 2013

Red Waves Are Breaking Across the Land

Red Waves Are Breaking Across the Land

Pictured above. (via The Roosevelts, Levi Cooper and Brett Martin/PerthWeatherLive.com)

Phoenix, Arizona, July 31, 2011

Red Waves Are Breaking Across the Land

(via Alan Stark/Flickr)

Haboob in the Phoenix Area, July 20, 2012

Red Waves Are Breaking Across the Land

(via Steve Flowers)

June 27, 2010, Phoenix, Arizona

Red Waves Are Breaking Across the Land

(via Alan Stark/Flickr)

February 1, 2010, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Red Waves Are Breaking Across the Land

(via Tim Gimbert/Flickr)

Mungerannie Hotel, South Australia, 31 January 2010

Red Waves Are Breaking Across the Land

The name Mungeranie means "big ugly face" in Aboriginal, and it's the only fuel and supplies depot on the Birdsville Track.

(via Sydney Oats/Flickr)

2009 Australian dust storm, 22-24 September 2009

Red Waves Are Breaking Across the Land

Sydney, 23 September 2009

(via Bite The Dust)

Al-Asad, Iraq, 26 April 2005

Red Waves Are Breaking Across the Land

The dust storm which originated near the Syrian-Jordanian border swept across Iraq's western desert.

(via U.S. Marine Corps/Gunnery Sgt. Shannon Arledge)

Phoenix, August 19, 1999

Red Waves Are Breaking Across the Land

(via Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

Khartoum, Sudan

Red Waves Are Breaking Across the Land

Red Waves Are Breaking Across the Land

(via skyscrapercity)