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Dust Blowing off West Africa

Dust Blowing off West Africa

This scene shows Saharan Desert dust blowing westward over the Atlantic off the West African coast toward the Cape Verde Islands. Such plumes have appeared intermittently in satellite images since October 3. This true-color image was acquired on October 11, 2003, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite. The high resolution image provided above is at MODIS’s maximum spatial resolution of 250 meters per pixel.

Image courtesy Jesse Allen, based on data from the MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC