The Gambia River in West Africa • Earth.com

Last update: October 28th, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the western African coast where the Gambia, Casamance, and Saloum Rivers meet the Atlantic Ocean.

The Gambia River spans about 700 miles, flowing from the Republic of Guinea through The Gambia. The river supports commercial fisheries and agriculture, and is a major trade and transportation route.

The dark green coloration that is visible on the riverbanks and in the estuaries represents mangroves. These forests protect the coast from flooding and erosion.

The image was captured on April 6, 2020 by an astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS).

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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