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The volcanic island of Fogo, Cabo Verde from space


The volcanic island of Fogo, Cabo Verde from space Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency features the volcanic island of Fogo, Cabo Verde from space.

The Republic of Cabo Verde is made up of nine islands with a total population of around 550,000. The islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Africa.

The black area in the center of the island is its highest point – the crater of the Pico do Fogo – which erupted for 77 days between November 2014 and February 2015. Destructive lava flows wiped out  up to 75 percent of the buildings in the areas that were hit the hardest.

The bright green color in the northeast represents the vegetated region of Fogo where coffee is grown.

This image was captured on January 22 2018, by the Sentinel-2 mission for Europe’s Copernicus programme. Its population is 35,837 (2015), with an area of 476 km². It reaches the highest altitude of all the islands in Cape Verde, rising to 2,829 metres (9,281 feet) above sea level at the summit of its active volcano, Pico do Fogo. The island has a domestic airport, São Filipe Airport, located in the southwest of the island. There is a port at Vale de Cavaleiros near São Filipe, with ferry connections to the islands of Brava (Furna) and Santiago (Praia). Fogo means fire. And this name reveals the true nature of the island in the Sotavento with its approximately 40,000 inhabitants: a volcano. Rising up to 2,829 metres, the volcanic mountain of Pico de Fogo dominates the island’s landscape as the highest elevation of Cape Verde.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

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