Streamers of Dust off Namibia • Earth.com Streamers of Dust off Namibia

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Streamers of dust were hanging in the air over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Namibia on June 24, 2003. This image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite.

The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System Namibiaofficially the Republic of Namibia, is a country in southern Africa. Therefore its western border is the Atlantic Ocean; it shares land borders with Zambia and Angola to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east. Although it does not border Zimbabwe, less than 200 metres of the Zambezi River separates the two countries.

Namibia gained independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990, following the Namibian War of Independence. Its capital and largest city is Windhoek, and it is a member state of the United Nations (UN), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), and the Commonwealth of Nations.

Namibia, the driest country in Sub-Saharan Africa, was inhabited since early times by the San, Damara and Nama people. Around the 14th century, immigrating Bantu peoples arrived as part of the Bantu expansion. Since then, the Bantu groups, the largest being the Aawambo, have dominated the population of the country; since the late 19th century, they have constituted a majority. rovides 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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