Satellite images show Africa on fire

Posted by Laura Grant on September 10, 2008
Posted in Green News

The map above is a global fire map made from images taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (Modis) on Nasa’s Terra and Aqua satellites for the 10-day period between August 28 and September 6. Colour ranges from red where the fire count is low to yellow where number of fires is large.

The picture below was taken by Modis on Nasa’s Terra satellite on September 1. According to Nasa, it shows a river of smoke several hundred kilometres wide coming from hundreds of fires burning in Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland (represented by red dots) flowing off the coast of Mozambique over the Indian Ocea.

Images courtesy of MODIS Rapid Response Project at NASA/GSFC


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