Dust Bridging the Gap Between Morocco and the Canary Islands
Dust blows off the western coast of Morocco, over the Atlantic Ocean and the Canary Islands. There is less dust to the southwest, where swirled cloud patterns indicate the formation or dissipation of cloud vortices.
The Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago which, in turn, forms one of the Spanish Autonomous Communities and an Outermost Region of the European Union.
The archipelago is located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa, 100 km west of the disputed border between Morocco and the Western Sahara.
The originally volcanic islands –seven major, one minor island, and several small islets– were formed by the Canary hotspot.
The Canary Islands are the only place in Spain where volcanic eruptions have been recorded during the Modern Era, with some volcanos still active (even though recently inactive).