Fires in Western Africa (morning overpass)

Fires in Western Africa (morning overpass)
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

In western Africa, the Sahara desert (top, in Mauritania) blends with a loosely defined strip of transitional vegetation to the south, called the Sahel (lighter green). South of the Sahel, tropical savannas begin to dominate (darker green). This true-color Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from the Aqua satellite shows fires (red dots) burning in the Sahel in northern Senegal (left center) and Mali (right center). To the south, fires are also burning in the savannas of Guinea. This image was acquired on November 9, 2002.

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  • Data Date:

    November 9, 2002
  • Visualization Date:

    November 11, 2002
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration