December 15, 2009 - The Cape Verde Islands

The Cape Verde Islands

A clear day gave the MODIS on the Aqua satellite this view of the Cape Verde Islands on December 10, 2009. The Cape Verde Islands are located off the western coast of Africa, near Senegal and Mauritania, in the Atlantic Ocean. The islands total about 4,000 square kilometers (1,500 square miles) in area, slightly larger than the State of Rhode Island in the United States.

All but one of the ten major islands are inhabited; the other, Santa Luzia, is a wildlife preserve. One of the islands, Fogo, contains an active volcano. This stratovolcano (a large cone-shaped volcano, like Mt. Rainier) measures 8 kilometers (5 miles) in diameter and last erupted in 1995. You can learn more about the volcano on Fogo in this article on Earth Observatory.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 12/10/2009
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC