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Vegetation Index from Cap Vert to Bissagos Archipelago, West Africa

12.3N 15.8W

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.

Cap Vert Between Senegal and Gambia Rivers, Senegal

14.7N 17.3W

February 23rd, 2012 Category: Rivers

Gambia and Senegal - January 31st, 2012

Visible at the top of this wide-swath ASAR image is the Sénégal River, a 1,790 km (1,110 mi) long river in West Africa that forms the border between Senegal and Mauritania. The Sénégal’s headwaters are the Semefé (Bakoye) and Bafing rivers which both originate in Guinea. Later in its course, the Senegal River flows through semi-arid land in the north of Senegal, forming the border with Mauritania, and into the Atlantic. It is separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a thin strip of sand called the Langue de Barbarie before it pours into the ocean itself.

Visible near the bottom edge is the Gambia River, which runs 1,130 kilometres (700 mi) from the Fouta Djallon plateau in north Guinea westward through Senegal and The Gambia to the Atlantic Ocean at the city of Banjul. About 100 km from its mouth it gradually widens to over 10 km wide where it meets the sea.

Protruding off the coast between the two rivers is Cap-Vert, a peninsula in Senegal, and the westernmost point of the continent of Africa and of the Old World mainland. Cap-Vert is a rocky promontory extending west from the main sandy areas of Senegal. Dakar, the capital of Senegal, is located near the southern tip. Twin volcanic cones, the Deux Mamelles (“Two Teats”), dominate the landscape along the coast northwest of Dakar.

Dust Off Coast of Senegal, Below Cape Verde Islands – February 2nd, 2010

13.8N 20.7W

February 2nd, 2010 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Dust Off Coast of Senegal - January 26th, 2010

Dust Off Coast of Senegal - January 26th, 2010

Dust blows southwestward off the coast of western Africa, from the Cap-Vert peninsula in Senegal southward. Offshore, it blows under the Cape Verde islands, on the left side of the image, while on the mainland it covers parts of Senegal, the Gambia and Guinea-Bissau.

It does not, however, extend northward of the Cap-Vert peninsula and into Mauritania, which is visible in the full image. There, sediments can be seen along the coastline, and a bright green phytoplankton bloom is visible in the Bay of Arguin.