NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite captured the spreading African mineral dust.

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Between November and April, Harmattan trade winds carry vast amounts of mineral dust from the Sahara Desert across West African skies toward the Gulf of Guinea. The pall of dust that hangs over the region is known as the Harmattan haze—which, fittingly, means “tears your breath apart” in Twi, a common West African language. West Africans have long known the haze season to be one of dry skin and chapped lips, but a recent study led by Susanne Bauer of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies suggests that dusty skies are more than a nuisance. Her analysis indicates that they are deadly for hundreds of thousands of people each year. A new analysis suggests that exposure to mineral dust may be a bigger cause of premature death in Africa than previously thought.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

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Also, ESA publicized air pollution map based on satellite data (Copernicus Sentinel-5P reveals new nasties).

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Reference: Choking on Saharan Dust (NASA Earth Observatory)
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