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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.

Vegetation Index of Ivory Coast, Ghana and Neighbors

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November 14th, 2011 Category: Vegetation Index

Ghana, Ivory Coast and Neighbors - November 13th, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of part of Liberia, the Ivory Coast and Ghana (below, from west to east), as well as part of southern Mali and Burkina Faso (above, from west to east).

Levels of photosynthetic activity are highest (rusty red) near the coast and become progressively lower (yellow) as one moves inland, although most of the image shows a good (green) vegetation index.

High Vegetation Index by Shores of Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire

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March 30th, 2011 Category: Vegetation Index

Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire - March 19th, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of Ghana (right) and Côte d’Ivoire (left), along the coast, and parts of Burkina Faso (right) and Mali (left), further inland to the North.

The index of photosynthetic activity is highest closest to the coast and becomes progressively lower as one moves further inland. Coastal Côte d’Ivoire shows a slightly highter index than neighboring Ghana, as indicated by the larger rusty-red area.

Vegetation of Ghana Shortly After the Rainy Season

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December 10th, 2009 Category: Climate Change

Ghana - November 26th, 2009

Ghana - November 26th, 2009

Ghana is a country located on the Gulf of Guinea, only a few degrees north of the Equator, therefore giving it a warm climate. The country spans an area of 238,500 km2 (92,085 sq mi). It is surrounded by Togo to the east, Côte d’Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north and the Gulf of Guinea (Atlantic Ocean) to the south.

The country encompasses flat plains, low hills and a few rivers. Ghana can be divided into five different geographical regions. The coastline is mostly a low, sandy shore backed by plains and scrub and intersected by several rivers and streams while the northern part of the country features high plains.

Southwest and south central Ghana is made up of a forested plateau region consisting of the Ashanti uplands and the Kwahu Plateau; the hilly Akuapim-Togo ranges are found along the country’s eastern border. The Volta Basin also takes up most of central Ghana.

There are two main seasons in Ghana, the wet and the dry seasons. Northern Ghana experiences its rainy season from March to November while the south, including the capital Accra, experiences the season from April to Mid-November. This  FAPAR image was taken about a week after the end of the rainy season in southern Ghana.

The image shows the vegetation index of the country. Areas with low photosynthetic activity appear white to yellow, mid-range activity is medium green, and high activity appears dark red. Here, southern Ghana is showing a higher vegetation index than the northern parts of the country. Southern Ghana contains evergreen and semideciduous forests consisting of trees such as mahogany, odum and ebony. It also contains much of Ghana’s oil palms and mangroves. Shea trees, baobabs and acacias are usually found in the Volta region and the northern part of the country.

Cloudless View of Western Africa – November 11th, 2008

November 11th, 2008 Category: Image of the day

Cloudless view of Western Africa - November 8th, 2008

Cloudless view of Western Africa - November 8th, 2008

Close-up 1: Lake Débo, Mali

Close-up 1: Lake Débo, Mali

Here we have a small portion of a beautiful, cloud-free image of Western Africa, all the way from the Strait of Gibraltar on the northern coast to the southern coast. Please click on the thumbnail to open the full image.

After doing so, in the North, we can see Morocco and part of Algeria. Towards the center, we have Mauritania and Mali. Farther South, the image covers Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire (the Ivory Coast), Liberia, and parts of Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau.

In the first image detail we can see Lake Débo and the Niger River, in Mali. Lake Débo, at its greatest extent, lies around 80 km from Mopti on its upstream end and 240km from Timbuktu at its downstream end.

Close-up 2: Saharah Desert in Mauritania, Algeria and Mali

Close-up 2: Saharah Desert in Mauritania, Algeria and Mali

It is the largest of many such seasonal wetlands and lakes which form the Niger Inland Delta, and the largest lake in Mali. It is largely reduced during the September to March dry season.

In the second close-up, we can see the Saharah Desert in Mauritania, Algeria and Mali. The redder patch of sand is in Mali, while the brown stretch is mainly in Algeria and the lighter areas mostly in Mauritania. The area is calm, free of disturbances such as the large dust storm that had covered the same region of northwestern Africa less than one month ago.

In the third and final close-up we can clearly see the Strait of Gibraltar and the vegetation in the Moroccan coastal area.

Close-up 3: Morocco and the Strait of Gibraltar

Close-up 3: Morocco and the Strait of Gibraltar

The coastal plains of Morocco are rich and accordingly, they comprise the backbone for agriculture. Morocco has got a Mediterranean climate, which becomes more extreme towards the interior regions where it is mountainous. Forests cover about 12% of the land while arable land accounts for 18%. 5% is irrigated.

source Wikipedia