Sandstorm over Atlantic, satellite image

Sandstorm over Atlantic, satellite image

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Credit: NASA/JEFF SCHMALTZ, MODIS RAPID RESPONSE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Sandstorm over the Atlantic, satellite image. North is at top in this image which stretches thousands of kilometres from Mauritania and Senegal in Africa (far right) to the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean (far left). Part of South America is at lower left. Country borders are shown. Across centre is a large plume of dust blown west from the Sahara. The grey areas are where satellite data is missing. The dust, carried in the Saharan Air Layer, can cause respiratory problems, but also enriches soils on Atlantic islands. Image obtained by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensor on NASA's Aqua satellite, on 24 June 2009.

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