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Benue River and Dust by Nigeria-Cameroon Border

7.8N 6.7E

January 1st, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Rivers

Nigeria and Cameroon – December 25th, 2012

Dust from the Sahara Desert can be seen in the air near the border between Nigeria and Cameroon. Visible crossing the image from the center to the left edge is the Benue River, the major tributary of the Niger River, which is visible parallel to the left edge.

The Benue is approximately 1,400 km long. It rises in the Adamawa Plateau of northern Cameroon, from where it flows west, and through the town of Garoua and Lagdo Reservoir, into Nigeria south of the Mandara mountains, and through Jimeta, Ibi and Makurdi before meeting the Niger at Lokoja. At the point of confluence the Benue exceeds the Niger by volume (mean discharge before 1960: 3400 m³/s vs. 2500 m³/s).

Smoke Across Southern West Africa, Over Volta and Kainji Lakes

7.1N 0.1E

December 21st, 2012 Category: Fires

West Africa – December 21st, 2012

Smoke, perhaps mixed with dust from the Bodélé Depression, hangs in the air over the West African nations of Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire (from right to left). Partially visible through the haze is Lake Volta (near center), on the Volta River in Ghana and Kainji Lake (near right edge), a reservoir on the Niger River in Nigeria.

Smoke Over Nigeria and Kainji Lake

10.3N 4.6E

November 29th, 2012 Category: Fires

Kenya – November 25th, 2012

Smoke hangs over Nigeria, reaching to the shoreline and the Atlantic Ocean. Partially visible through the smoke is Kainji Lake, left of center, in the western part of the country. Appearing golden green in color through the haze, this reservoir on the Niger River was formed by the Kainji Dam in the late 1960s. In the full image, Lake Chad can be seen at the upper right, although the smoke does not reach its shores.

Inner Niger Delta South of Sahara Desert, Mali

14.6N 5W

November 5th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Rivers

Mali – November 4th, 2012

The bright green area spreading across the otherwise arid, yellow and tan landscape, is the Inner Niger Delta, also known as the Macina. It is a large area of lakes and floodplains in the semi-arid Sahel area of central Mali, just south of the Sahara desert. The delta consists of the middle course of the Niger River, between the bifurcated Niger and its tributary, the Bani, which from here run north towards the desert. Due to its proximity to the widening Sahel, there have been concerns that the Macina may be getting less rain every year.

Niger River and Inner Niger Delta, Mali

13.9N 5.4W

January 13th, 2012 Category: Rivers, Wetlands

Mali - January 10th, 2012

The Niger River is the principal river of western Africa, extending about 4,180 km (2,600 mi), and the third longest river in all of Africa. Its drainage basin is 2,117,700 km2 (817,600 sq mi) in area. Its source is in the Guinea Highlands in southeastern Guinea. It runs in a crescent through Mali, Niger, on the border with Benin and then through Nigeria, discharging through a massive delta into the Atlantic Ocean.

This image, however, focuses the Inner Niger Delta, also known as the Macina or Niger Inland Delta, is a large area of lakes and floodplains in the semi-arid Sahel area of central Mali, just south of the Sahara desert. The delta consists of the middle course of the Niger River, between the bifurcated Niger and its tributary, the Bani, which from here run north towards the desert. As this image was captured during dry season, which lasts from October to June, not much water or plantlife can be seen.

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