Saharan dust plume off West Africa

Saharan dust plume off West Africa

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Caption: Saharan dust plume off West Africa, satellite image. Image 1 of 3. North is at top. The Cape Verde islands are at upper centre, and the African mainland is at top right. Most of the image shows a large stretch (around 1500 kilometres across) of the Atlantic Ocean covered by dust (brown) blown westwards from the Sahara, the world's largest desert. Clouds (white) are also seen. Large dust plumes like this can cross the Atlantic, and provide nutrients for soils in the Caribbean and South America. This image was obtained on 22 June 2007 by the MODIS instrument on NASA's Terra satellite. For the progress of this dust plume over several days, see images E147/183 to E147/185.

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