Saharan dust off West Africa

Saharan dust off West Africa
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Over the last week, a large, thick plume of dust was blowing off the Sahara Desert and out over the Atlantic Ocean. So thick in some places it almost completely obscures the surface, the worst of the dust storm appears be to skirting south of the Cape Verde Islands.

This Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image was captured by Terra satellite on May 1, 2003.

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  • Data Date:

    May 1, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    May 2, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration