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Plumes From Africa’s Volcanic Duo

 Acquired February 9, 2015download large image (5 MB, JPEG, 6000×6000)
Acquired February 9, 2015download GeoTIFF file (48 MB, TIFF, 6000×6000)

Plumes From Africa’s Volcanic Duo Acquired February 9, 2015

Plumes From Africa’s Volcanic Duo Acquired February 9, 2015

Source: Earth Observatory

Located near the equator in central Africa, the Nyamuragira and Nyiragongo volcanoes are often obscured from satellite view by clouds. But on February 9, 2015, clear skies afforded an unobstructed view from space of two plumes venting from the volcanic duo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The natural-color images above were acquired by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8. The top image shows a broad view of the region, with Nyamuragira to the north and Nyiragongo to the south.

The second image shows a close-up view of Nyamuragira, Africa’s most active volcano. Nyamuragira is a shield volcano composed of old lava flows that cover about 1,500 square kilometers (580 square miles)…

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