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Dust Over Ivory Coast and Ghana

4.2N 2.1W

February 11th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Dust Over Ghana and Ivory Coast - February 10th, 2012

An intense dust storm has been clouding the skies over West Africa over the last few days (click here for previous images). At the beginning of the month, the dust was concentrated over Mauritania and Senegal, then moved eastward over the Cape Verde Islands.

A few days later, shifting winds carried the Saharan sands southward over the Ivory Coast and Ghana, whose skies it has been clouding over the last three or four days. The coastline of these countries along the Gulf of Guinea is barely visible through the thick cloud of dust.

Vegetation Index Along Gulf of Guinea Coast

4.6N 8.7E

December 13th, 2011 Category: Vegetation Index

Nigeria - December 10th, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of part of Africa, stretching along the coast of the Gulf of Guinea and Bight of Bonny from Nigeria, through Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and to Gabon (left to lower right).

The index is generally good (green) near the coast, and becomes lower (yellow) as one moves northwards towards the Sahara Desert. The index is highest (rusty red) in southwestern Nigeria, near the shores.

Dust from Sahara Desert Extends Southwards Over Nigeria

8.2N 6.8E

December 12th, 2011 Category: Dust Storms, Rivers

Nigeria - December 10th, 2011

Dust from the Sahara Desert can be seen blowing southward over Nigeria, reaching towards the coast. The dust probably originated in the neighboring country of Niger (click here for an image of the dust storm in Niger).

Visible south of the clouds of dust is the Niger River, the principal river of western Africa. After extending about 4,180 km (2,600 mi) through various countries, it runs across Nigeria and discharges through a massive delta, known as the Niger Delta, into the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean.

City of Kumasi Near Lake Volta, Ghana – November 8th, 2011

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November 8th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Ghana - November 7th, 2011

This wide-swath ASAR image shows the jagged shoreline of Lake Volta, in Ghana. The lake is formed by the Akosombo Dam, whose construction began in 1961 with completion in 1965. Akosombo Dam holds back both the White Volta River and the Black Volta River, which formerly converged, where the middle of the reservoir now lies, to form the single Volta River.

Visible as a bright white circular area to the west of the lake’s westernmost arm is the city of Kumasi, in southern central Ghana’s Ashanti region. It is located near Lake Bosomtwe, visible here as a circular dark area southeast of the city, in the Rain Forest Region. It is situated about 250 kilometres (160 mi) (by road) northwest of Accra. Kumasi is approximately 300 miles (480 km) north of the Equator and 100 miles (160 km) north of the Gulf of Guinea.

Port Harcourt in Niger River Delta Area, Nigeria – October 5th, 2011

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October 5th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Nigeria - October 3rd, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the confluence of the Niger and Benue Rivers (top). The Niger can then be seen flowing southward through Nigeria, discharging through a massive delta, known as the Niger Delta or the Oil Rivers, into the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean.

Also visible near the coast is Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, Nigeria. Visible as a white area near the shoreline in the center bottom part of the image, it lies along the Bonny River and is located in the Niger Delta.