Fires in West Africa

Fires in West Africa

Saharan dust in the air gives this true-color image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from November 4, 2002, a fuzziness that softens surface features. The Sahara Desert is at top, and a large area of wetlands along the Niger River in Mali makes a green splash right of center. Numerous fires (red dots) were detected in Mali, Senegal, Guinea, and Burkina.

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  • Data Date:

    November 4, 2002
  • Visualization Date:

    November 5, 2002
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration