Saharan dust streams over the Atlantic Ocean • Earth.com

Last update: July 7th, 2020 at 8:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features a huge Saharan dust plume drifting over the North Atlantic Ocean.

By June 18, 2020, satellite data showed that the dust had spread over 2,000 miles.

According to NASA, winds transport about 800 million metric tons of desert dust from North Africa every year.

The Saharan dust helps build beaches in the Caribbean and fertilizes soils in the Amazon, but can also impact air quality in North and South America.

The image was captured with NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) on NOAA’s DSCOVR satellite.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

 

 

 

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