Dust Blowing Over Ras Nouadhibou Peninsula, Western Sahara and Mauritania20.7N 17W
Dust blows eastward off the coast of Moroccan Western Sahara and Mauritania. Much of it is blowing over Ras Nouadhibou, a 40-mile peninsula or headland in the African coast of the Atlantic Ocean by the Tropic of Cancer. It is internationally known as Cap Blanc in French or Cabo Blanco in Spanish (both meaning “White Cape”).
This thin stretch of land is now divided between Mauritania and the Moroccan Western Sahara. On the western side, lies the Sahrawi town of Lagouira; on the eastern side, less than a mile from the border, lies Mauritania’s Nouadhibou (formerly Port Etienne).