Canary Islands

Canary Islands
  • Credit:

    Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

The Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean often create interesting cloud patterns such as wake effects or von Karman vortices as they disturb air flow over the comparatively smooth ocean surface. These images were acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra and Aqua satellites during 2002. In a few of the images, dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa shrouds the scene.

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  • Data Date:

    December 26, 2002
  • Visualization Date:

    December 26, 2002
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration