Fires in West Africa • Earth.com

Last update: June 20th, 2019 at 5:00 pm

In western Africa, a haze that could be a mixture of Saharan dust and smoke from thousands of fires creates a murky, water-color effect in this true-color Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) from the Aqua satellite on January 14, 2003. The seasonal agricultural burning usually peaks in January or February north of the equator.

Credit: Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC

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