Coursing through parched, landlocked Mali in Western Africa, the Niger River
skirts the edge of the dune-striped Sahara before turning sharply south to join
the Bani River. At the confluence of the two rivers is an inland delta complete
with narrow, twisting waterways, lagoons, and tiny islands.
This scene was acquired by the ASTER instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite on
August 2, 2003.
Image provided by the
USGS EROS Data Center Satellite Systems
Branch as part of the Earth as Art II image series
Acquired March 6, 2001, this false-color image shows Tombouctou (Timbuktu) and the surrounding region. Vegetation is red, water is blue, human-built structures are brown-gray, and bare ground ranges in color from off-white to tan.