Fires and Dust from Western Africa
Some agricultural burning is occurring in western Africa at the same time a huge plume of dust blew into the Atlantic Ocean, as seen by NASA's Aqua satellite. The fires appear to be burning in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of fires and an African dust storm in western Africa on May 1, 2012 at 1435 UTC (10:35 a.m. EDT). The fires are marked by red dots and smoke from the fires appears a light brown in color, while clouds appear in white.
NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption: NASA/Goddard, Rob Gutro