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Vegetation Index from Cap Vert to Bissagos Archipelago, West Africa

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February 27th, 2012 Category: Vegetation Index

Gambia and Senegal - December 23rd, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of Senegal, the Gambia and Guinea-Bissau, along the western coast of Africa. The terrain shows a low vegetation index (light yellow) from Cap Vert (on the peninsula to the left) down to the Gambia River (flowing from near the center to the right edge).

From the Gambia River south to the Casamance River and into Guinea-Bissau, the vegetation index changes to good, as indicated by the green false-coloring. The islands of the Bissagos Archipelago also show a mostly good index of photosynthetic activity.

Coastline of Senegal, the Gambia and Guinea-Bissau

November 28th, 2008 Category: Rivers

Coastline of Senegal, the Gambia and Guinea-Bissau - November 26th, 2008

Coastline of Senegal, the Gambia and Guinea-Bissau - November 26th, 2008

This full resolution image give us a fine view of the West African coast, from Dakar, Senegal (top left) to Cacine, Guinea-Bissau (bottom right), passing through The Gambia in the center. Moving southward, the terrain changes from arid desert to forest.

It also allows us to see many rivers flowing out into the Atlantic Ocean. The river located at the point where the terrain changes from tan to green is the Gambia River, 1,130 km (700 mi) long, reaching the Atlantic Ocean near the city of Banjul.

Further south, in Senegal, is the Casamance River, 320km (200mi) in length. Moving down into Guinea-Bissau, we have the Cacheu River (Farim River), 257 km long.

Continuing south through Guinea Bissau, the most visible river is the Geba, appearing tan due to sediments. As it flows past the capital city of Bissau and through the Bissagos Archipelago, we can see the sediments filter out into the Atlantic Ocean.

The Bissagos Archipelago, also known as the Bissagos Islands or the Arquipélago dos Bijagós, is a group of 18 major islands and dozens of smaller ones that constitute a UNESCO biosphere reserve.

South of the Geba River is the Corubal River, one of the Geba’s tributaries.

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