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Dust Over Burkina Faso Near Inner Niger Delta

14.7N 4.3W

December 13th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Dust Storms, Rivers

Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso - December 11th, 2011

This image shows parts of Mauritania, Mali and Burkina Faso, from the Sahara Desert (above) to the Sahel region. Visible in the lower right quadrant is a cloud of dust, blown about by strong winds in the region.

Visible near the dust cloud is the Inner Niger Delta, a large area of lakes and floodplains that consists of the middle course of the Niger River. Most of the year the area has a hot and dry climate, with hot winds from the nearby Sahara raising the temperature up to 40° C. The wetlands don’t show much evidence of green vegetation in this image, as the wet season ended in September.

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