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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.

Saloum, Gambia and Geba Rivers Empyting into Atlantic Ocean Off Coast of West Africa

13.0N 16.4W

January 25th, 2012 Category: Rivers

Guinea Bissau - January 6th, 2012

Several rivers can be observed flowing into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of West Africa. Visible in the upper left corner is the Saloum River. It rises about 105 kilometers east of Kaolack, Senegal, and flows to the Saloum Delta. Mangrove forests occupy a 5-kilometer belt on either side of the river almost 70 kilometers upstream.

South of the mouth of the Saloum is the mouth of the Gambia River.  It 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.

Further down the coast is the Geba River, easily spotted due to the heavy load of sediments it releases into the Atlantic. It rises in Guinea, passes through Senegal, and reaches the Atlantic Ocean in Guinea-Bissau. It is about 340 miles (550 km) in total length. After passing by Geba town and Bambadinca, the river broadens into a wide estuary below Xime (where it is joined by the Corubal River), with a total width of about 10 miles (16 km) at Bissau.

Rivers in Senegal, the Gambia and Guinea Bissau Flowing to the Atlantic

13.6N 15.2W

May 16th, 2011 Category: Rivers

Senegal, the Gambia, Guinea Bissau - May 2nd, 2011

The Senegal River appears as a greenish line flowing westward across the upper part of this image, and becoming darker as it nears the Atlantic Ocean. The river marks the border between Mauritania (to the north) and Senegal (to the south).

Moving south from Senegal, past the Cape Vert Peninsula, through the Gambia to Guinea-Bissau, one passes several other rivers (from north to south starting below the peninsula): the Saloum, the Gambia, the Casamance, and the Geba.

The Geba stands out particularly due to the tan sediments spilling forth from its wide mouth, around an archipelago and into the Atlantic.

 

Western Africa, from the Saloum River to the Geba River

12.7N 15.6W

April 28th, 2011 Category: Rivers, Sediments

Senegal, the Gambia and Guinea-Bissau - April 15th, 2011

Several rivers can be observed along the western coast of Africa, from Senegal (above), across the Gambia, to Guinea-Bissau (lower half of image).

The river near the top edge is the Saloum, with the Gambia River below it. More of the course of the Gambia River can be observed, as it appears as a thick greenish line crossing the landscape.

The Gambia, the smallest country in mainland Africa, surrounded by the country of Senegal, consists of the downstream half of the Gambia River and the land around its two banks.

Further south, one comes to the Casamance River, in southern Senegal, and then the Geba River in Guinea-Bissau. Tan sediments spill from its mouth into the Atlantic Ocean, fanning out around the archipelago near the rivermouth.

Saloum and Gambia Rivers in Senegal and the Gambia – February 4th, 2011

13.3N 16.4W

February 4th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Senegal - January 16th, 2011

Two rivers can be seen flowing into the Atlantic Ocean in this image of Senegal and the Gambia: the Saloum River (above) and the Gambia River (below). The waters of the former appear dark blue, while those of the latter carry tan sediments.

The Gambia River runs 1,130 km (700 miles) from the Fouta Djallon plateau in north Guinea westward to the Atlantic Ocean at the city of Banjul. The Gambia, the smallest country in mainland Africa, consists of the downstream half of the river and the land around its two banks.

The Saloum River rises about 105 kilometers east of Kaolack, Senegal, and flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The significant Saloum Delta is located at its mouth, which is protected as Saloum Delta National Park. The river basin lies within the Kingdom of Saloum. Mangrove forests occupy a 5-kilometer belt on either side of the river almost 70 kilometers upstream.

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