Dec 04, 2016

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite snapped this true-color image of the Inner Niger Delta, a large area of lakes in the semi-arid transition zone known as the Sahel between the Sahara and the Sudanian Savanna, on December 2, 2016.

This inland delta is a complex combination of river channels, lakes, swamps, and occasional areas of higher elevation. This wet oasis in the African Sahel provides habitat both for migrating birds and West African manatees. The fertile ...

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