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Saharan Dust Plume over the Atlantic
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A sinuous river of dust snakes out over the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Africa in this true-color Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image captured by the Terra satellite on December 13, 2003. Over subsequent days, the plume began a westward track across the Atlantic.
The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at additional spatial resolutions, including MODIS’ maximum resolution of 250 meters.