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Dust Blowing Over Senegal and Mauritania

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October 27th, 2011 Category: Dust Storms

Mauritania and Senegal - October 27th, 2011

Dust blows over Mauritania (above) and Senegal (below), and off the western coast of the African continent. It is most concentrated in the lower right corner of the image.

Visible north of the cloud of dust is the Bay of Arguin, in Mauritania, green in appearance due to algal growth. Battering surf and shifting sand banks characterize the entire length of the shoreline.

Geographical features of the bay include the Ras Nouadhibou (formerly Cap Blanc) peninsula, which forms Dakhlet Nouadhibou (formerly Lévrier Bay) to the east, is fifty kilometers long and up to thirteen kilometers wide.  Farther south is the coastline’s only significant promontory, seven-meter-high Cape Timiris. From this cape to the marshy area around the mouth of the Senegal River, the coast is regular and marked only by an occasional high dune.

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