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Dust Blowing Over Cape Verde Islands – June 1st, 2013

16.0N 23W

June 1st, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

West Africa – June 1st, 2013

A plume of dust spreads westward, off the coast of West Africa by the Mauritania-Senegal border (marked by the Senegal River, right center). The plume extends west-southwestward, blowing far over the Cape Verde Islands.

Dust Over Bay of Arguin, Mauritania, and Cape Verde Islands

18.2N 17.3W

January 10th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Mauritania – January 6th, 2013

Sahara Desert dust blows off the coast of West Africa. It appears thickest over and near the Bay of Arguin, in Mauritania. Although the image shows the dust only reaching as far as the Cape Verde Islands (lower left quadrant), such clouds of dust are often carried across the Atlantic Ocean by the Trade Winds and tend to reach the Caribbean about a week later, where they may persist in the air for months. Over the northern hemisphere summer, African dust may be carried into higher latitudes and cover large areas of the Gulf of Mexico and the southern and eastern USA. The presence of high concentrations of dust for such long periods of time raises concerns about the impact on human health (click here for more information).

Dust from Senegal to Cape Verde Islands

14.7N 17.6W

January 8th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Sediments

West Africa – January 7th, 2013

Dust from the Sahara Desert blows off the coast of West Africa. Here, the dust is thickest off the coast of Senegal, north of the Cap Vert Peninsula, and spreads westward over the Cape Verde Islands (upper left edge). Visible south of the peninsula are sediments from rivers in Senegal and the Gambia including the Saloum, Gambia and Casamance (north to south) Rivers.

Dust Plume by Southern Bay of Arguin, Mauritania

18.9N 16.6W

January 6th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Mauritania – January 5th, 2013

Dust blows off the coast of West Africa, reaching beyond the Cape Verde Islands in the full image. In the thumbnail here, the thickest dust plume can be observed by the southernmost part of the green, phytoplankton-tinged Bay of Arguin, in Mauritania.

Dust Blowing Off Mauritania Towards Cape Verde Islands

18.1N 19.8W

October 4th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Mauritania – October 3rd, 2012

Dust blows off the coast of Mauritania, south of the Bay of Arguin (top), and southwest over the Atlantic Ocean towards the Cape Verde Islands. Also visible protruding from the coast of West Africa, south of the airborne dust, is the Cape Verde Peninsula, on which the Senegalese capital of Dakar is located. 

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