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Smoke Over Ethiopia and South Sudan – February 27th, 2013

11.9N 37.1E

February 27th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Ethiopia – February 26th, 2013

Fires in Ethiopia and South Sudan release a cloud of smoke over the area. Several individual plumes of smoke can be individuated in the full image. The smoke does not blow northeast to Lake Tana, visible in the upper right quadrant, and also does not completely obscure some of the wetlands around the White Nile in South Sudan (lower left quadrant).

Fires in South Sudan and DRC – January 26th, 2013

8.3N 30.7E

January 26th, 2013 Category: Fires

South Sudan and DRC – January 12th, 2013

Smoke from numerous fires in South Sudan and the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo blows southwestward, contributing to a cloud of haze in the lower left quadrant. Another fire, separated from the cluster to the southwest, can be seen in South Sudan, east of the Jur River (also Sue River) and Sudd wetlands. About 485 kilometres (301 mi) long, the river flows north and northeast, joining the Bahr el Ghazal River on the western side of the Sudd wetlands.

Plume of Dust Across Ethiopia and Sudan

14.7N 35.7E

December 27th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Ethiopia and Sudan – December 25th, 2012

Visible in the lower right hand corner of this image is Lake Tana, located in Amhara Region in the north-western Ethiopian Highlands. The lake is approximately 84 kilometers long and 66 kilometers wide, with a maximum depth of 15 meters, and an elevation of 1,840 meters. Near the lake is a plume of dust blowing towards the northwest, almost reaching the Nile River, which flows northward across Sudan on the left side of the image.

Contours of Lake Nasser, Egypt and Sudan

22.5N 31.7E

November 17th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Egypt – November 16th, 2012

Lake Nasser is a vast reservoir on the Nile River in southern Egypt and northern Sudan. Strictly, “Lake Nasser” refers only to the much larger portion of the lake that is in Egyptian territory (83% of the total), with the Sudanese preferring to call their smaller body of water Lake Nubia. Here, the Sudanese part appears greenish due to sediments and algae, while the Egyptian part appears dark blue.

It is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. The lake is some 550 km long and 35 km across at its widest point, which is near the Tropic of Cancer. It covers a total surface area of 5,250 km² and has a storage capacity of some 157 km³ of water. The area of Sudan-administered Wadi Halfa Salient was largely flooded by Lake Nasser. Visible near the left edge are the Toshka Lakes, created by overflow.

Dust Over Red Sea Between Saudi Arabia and Sudan – October 20th, 2012

20.6N 38.3E

October 20th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Red Sea – October 16th, 2012

Dust blows across one of the narrower parts of the Red Sea, near its center, between Saudi Arabia (right) and Sudan (left). The dust appears thickest near the Saudi Arabian coast. In the full image, wavelike patterns caused by air currents can be observed in the dust just off the shoreline.

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