African Dust Reaches Northern Europe

African Dust Reaches Northern Europe
  • Credit:

    Image provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE

On April 16, 2003, the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS) captured this image of African dust blowing far northward over Europe. The long trail of dust can be seen at bottom center arcing over the Pyrenees Mountains that separate Spain (south) from France (north). The trail stretches over the Atlantic Ocean and across Ireland (west) and Scotland, and continues eastward to Sweden and Norway, and then Denmark, to the south.

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  • Data Date:

    April 16, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    April 16, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    OrbView-2 - SeaWiFS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration