Dust Over Burkina Faso Near Inner Niger Delta14.7N 4.3W
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.