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Dust and Smoke Over West Africa – March 16th, 2012

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March 16th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Fires, Image of the day, Rivers

Dust off West Africa - March 14th, 2012

Dust from the Sahara Desert has been blowing off the western coast of the African continent over the last few days, veiling the skies over countries such as Mauritania, Senegal, the Gambia and Guinea Bissau, and stretching towards the Cape Verde islands (click here for previous images).

Here, the dust is blowing in a southwesterly direction, partially obscuring the mouths of rivers such as the Geba River, in Guinea Bissau (near image center). Visible near the border of Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea, by the right edge of the image in the lower right quadrant, are a series of fires, releasing a cloud of smoke that mingles with the dust.

Plumes of Dust by Lake Chad and Aïr Mountains, Chad and Niger – December 26th, 2012

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December 26th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Dust Storms, Fires, Image of the day

Niger and Chad – December 24th, 2012

Three plumes of dust from the Sahara Desert can be seen blowing west-southwestward in this image of West Africa. Near the center, northeast of Lake Chad, are two light, parallel plumes originating from the Bodélé Depression, in Chad. Near the left edge, south of the Aïr Mountains, in Niger, is the last plume of dust, darker tan in color than the other two and apparently carrying fewer particles. In the lower part of the full image, smoke and fires can be seen across the Central Africa Republic, Cameroon and Nigeria (right to left).

Smoke Across Southern West Africa, Over Volta and Kainji Lakes

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December 21st, 2012 Category: Fires

West Africa – December 21st, 2012

Smoke, perhaps mixed with dust from the Bodélé Depression, hangs in the air over the West African nations of Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire (from right to left). Partially visible through the haze is Lake Volta (near center), on the Volta River in Ghana and Kainji Lake (near right edge), a reservoir on the Niger River in Nigeria.

Fires in Southern Chad and Central African Republic

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December 20th, 2012 Category: Fires

Chad and Central African Republic – December 19th, 2012

Many fires can be seen burning in southern Chad (above) and the Central African Republic (below). Although hard to distinguish from the smoky haze of the region in the thumbnail, in the full image most plumes of smoke appear to be blowing towards the southwest.

Also visible in the upper left quadrant as a small, golden tan circle is Iro Lake (French: Lac Iro), a cyclically occurring lake in the Moyen-Chari Region in southeastern Chad. The lake is about 100 kilometers north of the border with the Central African Republic. It is nearly circular, 13 kilometers long and 11 kilometers wide. It fills in the summer and autumn months from the eastern arm of the Bahr Salamat, which forks seven kilometers southwest of the lake. During the dry season it can completely run dry.

Smoke and Dust Create Haze Over Southern West Africa

9.5N 3.7E

December 19th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Fires

Nigeria – December 18th, 2012

A combination of smoke and dust create hazy conditions over southern West Africa. The dust is blowing southwestward from the Bodélé Depression, in Chad (visible towards the upper right in the full image), while the smoke is from fires in Nigeria or a neighboring country to the west.