Earthshots: Satellite images of environmental change – Rosso, Mauritania




Earthshots introduces remote sensing by showing examples of how environmental changes look from space.

The border area of Mauritania and Senegal in westernmost Africa is an example of both expanding irrigation and desertification. The international border between Mauritania and Senegal is the Senegal River, flowing westward and interrupting the arid lands to the north and south. The regional capital of southwestern Mauritania is Rosso, which is on the north bank of the river, and the town of Richard Toll ("Richard's Field" in the Wolof language) is on the south bank. The effects of Mauritania's National Highway 2, which connects the regional capital Rosso to the national capital Nouakchott, on the desert is seen in the close-up images.

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Publication type Dataset
Publication Subtype Website
Title Earthshots: Satellite images of environmental change – Rosso, Mauritania
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description HTML Document
Country Mauritania, Senegal
City Rosso
Other Geospatial Senegal River
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N