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Smoke from Agricultural Fires in West Africa – April 4th, 2013

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April 4th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day

West Africa – April 2nd, 2013

While sun glint highlights rivers along the coast of Guinea and Sierra Leone, fires furthern inland in West Africa create a haze that covers much of the region. Many of the fires have been active since late March, and are clustered in the green lands of Sierra Leone, while others dot the landscape of Guinea and Liberia. A few blazes are present in southwest Mali and Côte d’Ivoire, as well.

While the source of these fires cannot be discerned in the satellite imagery, this pattern at this time of year in this region is typical of agricultural fires. Farmers deliberately set such blazes in order to clear land, bring nutrients into the soil, prepare fields for planting, and renew pastureland. The smoke from the fires, however, create air pollution, which can cause health problems both in humans and livestock both close to, and far from, the source.

Fires in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire – January 2nd, 2013

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January 2nd, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day

West Africa – December 31st, 2012

Fires can be seen in West Africa, south of the Niger Inland Delta (top center). Most of the fires are concentrated in the lower right quadrant, in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, and are releasing plumes of smoke that blow southwestward. In the full image, Lake Volta, in Ghana, is partially visible through the smoke, and fires can also be seen further west, in Guinea.

Coastline of Guinea Bissau and Guinea – April 17th, 2012

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April 17th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Guinea Bissau - January 4th, 2012

This wide-swath ASAR image shows the coastline of Guinea Bissau (west) and Ghana (east), along the Atlantic Ocean. One of the largest indentations in the coastline is the estuary of the Geba River. Visible by the left edge of the image are the islands of the Bijagos Archipelago. While the inland regions are savanna, the coastline is plain with swamps of Guinean mangroves. Here, the elevation rises as one moves eastward.

Smoke Off Coast of Guinea and Sierra Leone

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April 7th, 2012 Category: Fires

West Africa - April 6th, 2012

Smoke blows off the coast of West Africa near the border between Guinea and Sierra Leone. Extremely arid conditions have been causing problems with wildfires and dust storms in the region over the last month (click here for previous images). Visible further up the coast are sediments pouring into the Atlantic Ocean from the Geba and other rivers in Guinea Bissau.

Dust Plume and Cloud of Smoke, West Africa

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March 19th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Fires

Dust and Smoke Over West Africa - March 18th, 2012

Dust and smoke mingle in the lower part of this image of West Africa, particularly in the lower right quadrant. Fires in this region, particularly near the border of Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea, have been releasing a thick cloud of smoke over the last few days (click here for previous images of the fires).

The region has also be plagued by a dust storm (click here for previous images). While a veil of dust is visible over much of the image, a thicker plume can be seen blowing off the coast of Senegal in the lower left quadrant.