Saharan dust over the Atlantic Ocean

Saharan dust over the Atlantic Ocean
  • Credit:

    Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), aboard NASA's Aqua satellite, captured this true-color image of Saharan Desert dust blowing southwestward off the coasts of Morocco and Mauritania in West Africa. The light brown plume can be seen wending its way over the Cape Verde Islands in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean.

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  • Data Date:

    September 21, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    September 22, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS


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