Saharan Dust Off West Africa • Earth.com

Last update: June 19th, 2019 at 12:00 am

On February 16, 2003, a large plume of Saharan Desert dust (light brown pixels) was blowing westward over the Cape Verde Islands in the east Atlantic Ocean. This true-color image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA?s Aqua satellite.

The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at MODIS’ maximum spatial resolution of 250 meters.

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

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