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Dust Plumes off the West Coast of Africa
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Dust Plumes off the West Coast of Africa

May 17, 2013
The eastern half of Cape Verde sat directly in the path of a stream of dust blowing off the African coast on July 1, 2009. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this photo-like image the same day. Tan dust forms a giant S-shaped curve off the coast of western Africa, blowing primarily off the coast of Mauritania, curving south over Cape Verde, and turning west again south of the archipelago. A thinner plume of dust blows off the coast of Western Sahara, forming a giant arc northwest of Cape Verde. Credit: NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center. Caption by Michon Scott.