Ash From Soufrière Hills Volcano in the Lesser Antilles, North of Venezuela – February 20th, 201010.3N 62.1W
Brown sediments spill from the mouth of the Orinoco River into the Delta Amacuro and the Gulf of Paría, off the coast of Venezuela. To the south, there is a variety of landscapes, including rainforest, the extreme northeastern extensions of the Andes that reach into the country’s northwest and continue along the northern Caribbean coast, and the llanos, extensive plains that stretch from the Colombian border in the far west to the Orinoco River delta in the east.
To the north are the islands of the Lesser Antilles, also known as the Caribbees. The Lesser Antilles are part of the Antilles, which together with the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Greater Antilles form the West Indies. The islands are a long partly volcanic island arc, most of which wrap around the eastern end of the Caribbean Sea on the western boundary with the Atlantic Ocean, and some of which lie on the southern fringe of the sea just north of South America.
Along the top edge, best observed in the full image, is a cloud of gas and ash from a partial dome collapse of the Soufrière Hills volcano on Montserrat. The collapse occured on February 11th, 2010, the day before this image was taken, at 16:35 local time. The island is situated just north of the plume of ash, capped by whitish clouds, while winds carry the ash to the east and west.