Saharan dust off West Africa (Terra and Aqua combination)

Saharan dust off West Africa (Terra and Aqua combination)
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

The image above was made using Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data from both the Terra and Aqua satellites, acquired on January 28, 2003. Stitched together, the composite scene shows a large plume of Saharan Desert dust blowing westward from Africa toward the open Atlantic. The dust (light brown pixels) can be easily distinguished from the brighter white clouds in the image. The west African shoreline can be seen to the right of the image.

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  • Data Date:

    January 28, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    January 28, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
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