NASA satellites have spotted an enormous brown plume of dust from the Sahara desert connecting throughout the Atlantic Ocean.
The large dust cloud, identified on June 18 was found by NOAA’s Deep Space Environment Observatory and the NASA-NOAA satellite Suomi NPP. Views from Suomi NPP, which NASA shared here, show the dust plume spreading out over 2,000 mile of the North Atlantic Ocean.A global view of the dust storm from DSCOVR’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Video Camera (IMPRESSIVE) reveals the sheer scale of the plume in relation to the continents which border the Atlantic, according to NASA’s Earth Observatory site.
Likewise on June 18, NASA’s Terra satellite was able to get a detailed take a look at the dust over the Cape Verde islands off Africa’s west coast utilizing the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer( MODIS )instrument. This moving plume was not a surprise as previously in the week, on June 16, NOAA’s GOES-East satellite caught stunning images of the plume taking a trip from the Sahara Desert west across the Atlantic. The traveling dust was likewise anticipated because, according to NOAA’s Cyclone Research Department, every three to five days from late spring through early fall, such a dust cloud, known as the Saharan Air Layer (SAL), forms over the Sahara Desert and begins moving westward across the Atlantic. The SAL stretches anywhere from 5,000 to 20,000 feet (1.5 to 6 kilometers) into the atmosphere. On June 16, 2020, @NOAA’s #GOESEast recorded this images of an expansive #DustPlume from the #Sahara Desert traveling west across the Atlantic. It’s anticipated to reach the #Caribbean later on today, and might even reach parts of the U.S. next week.More: https://t.co/W7FP26Pkn1 pic.twitter.com/Eq5ZVrlrnYJune 18, 2020 Every year, about 800
million tons of dust is gotten by the wind from deserts in North Africa and blown throughout the Atlantic Ocean, taking a trip to the Amazon River Basin in South America, beaches in the Caribbean and, in part, into the air in North and South America. While the dust has a different effect in the various locations where it lands, in the Amazon, the minerals in the dust change crucial nutrients in rainforest soils that are continually carried away by tropical rains.Email Chelsea Gohd ator follow her on Twitter . Follow us on Twitter and on. For a restricted time,
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