• Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

It almost seems like a giant broom is sweeping the sands of western Africa’s Sahara Desert out of Mauritania and into the Atlantic Ocean in this MODIS image from May 6, 2002. Fires are burning in the savannas to the south, in (clockwise from left) Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau.

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  • Data Date:

    June 7, 2002
  • Visualization Date:

    June 15, 2002
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration