Dust storms off West Africa

Dust storms off West Africa
  • Credit:

    Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Dust storms regularly sweep out over the Atlantic Ocean from the Sahara Desert at this time of year, sometimes blowing all the way to North and South America. This Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from the Aqua satellite on May 25, 2003, shows several plumes of dust billowing from the West African coastline. In the coastal waters, colorful blooms of marine organisms color the waters blue and green.

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  • Data Date:

    May 25, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    May 29, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration