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Large Dust Plume Passing Cape Verde – December 23rd, 2011

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December 23rd, 2011 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Dust by Cape Verde - December 22nd, 2011

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A large plume of dust blows off the coast of West Africa, passing the Cape Verde islands before arching northwestwards. In the full image, the plume can be seen reaching hundreds of kilometers north, towards Europe.

The detail image focuses on the dust near the Cape Verde Islands. The Republic of Cape Verde (Portuguese: Cabo Verde) is an island country, spanning an archipelago of 10 islands located in the central Atlantic Ocean, 570 kilometres off the coast of Western Africa. The islands, covering a combined area of slightly over 4,000 square kilometres (1,500 sq mi), are of volcanic origin.

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