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Fires West of Wetlands in Southern Sudan – December 22nd, 2009

8.3N 30.7E

December 22nd, 2009 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Sudan - December 16th, 2009

Sudan - December 16th, 2009

This green area of wetlands in southern Sudan includes Lake No, near the river at the top, the Zefah Game Reserve, center, and part of the swamp of the Sudd, below. Several fires are visible just west of the wetlands.

Lake No is a lake in Sudan. It is located just north of the vast swamp of the Sudd, at the confluence of the Bahr al Jabal and Bahr el Ghazal rivers. It marks the transition between the Bahr al Jabal and White Nile proper.

The Sudd, also called the Bahr el Jebel, As Sudd or Al Sudd in southern Sudan, is a vast swamp formed by the White Nile. The area covered thereby is one of the world’s largest wetlands and the largest freshwater wetland in the Nile basin.

Fires in New South Wales, Australia

29.1S 151.6E

December 14th, 2009 Category: Fires

Australia - December 9th, 2009

Australia - December 9th, 2009

Smoke from fires in New South Wales, Australia, blows toward the Tasman Sea. Fires services report that nearly 100 bushfires are still raging, with 29 of these rated “uncontainable”. Many fires are the result of some dry lightning that has went through the area over the last few days.

Over the weekend, the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology reissued the fire weather warning for New South Wales, saying that hot, dry and windy conditions are expected to increase fire dangers to dangerous levels in parts of the state.

Severe Fire Danger was also forecast for the North Western and Upper Central West Plains. The NSW Rural Fire Service warned that any bush fire that starts has the potential to threaten lives and destroy homes and issued a total fire ban on those areas.

Wildfire and Bodies of Water Near Lake Ontario

43.5N 77.7W

December 3rd, 2009 Category: Fires, Lakes, Rivers

Canada - November 18th, 2009

Canada - November 18th, 2009

The Saint Lawrence river flows from southwest to northeast out of Lake Ontario, forming the border between the Canadian province of Ontario (above)  and the US state of New York (below). The river connects the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean and is the primary drainage of the Great Lakes Basin.

Other lakes are visible near Lake Ontario, including the long, thin Finger Lakes (lower right quadrant) in New York State, the rounded Lake Simcoe (center left edge) and the northeastern tip of Lake Huron (bottom left corner). Away from the lakes, in the upper left corner, a wildfire can be seen releasing smoke towards the northwest.

Smoke Blowing Towards Lake Volta, Ghana

7.1N 0.1E

December 2nd, 2009 Category: Fires, Lakes

Ghana - November 26th, 2009

Ghana - November 26th, 2009

Smoke from agricultural fires in central Africa blows towards Lake Volta, near the coast in the lower half of this image. The lake is the largest reservoir by surface area in the world, and the fourth largest one by water volume. It is located completely within the country of Ghana, and it has a surface area of about 8,502 km² (3,275 square miles).

Lake Volta lies along the Greenwich Meridian, and just six degrees of latitude north of the Equator. The lake’s northmost point is close to the town of Yapei, and its southmost extreme is at the Akosombo Dam, 520 kilometers downstream from Yapei.

Akosombo Dam holds back both the White Volta River and the Black Volta River, which formerly converged, where the middle of the reservoir now lies, to form the single Volta River. The present Volta River flows from the outlets of the dam’s powerhouse and spillways to the Atlantic Ocean in southmost Ghana.

This huge reservoir was formed beginning in 1965, when the large Akosombo Dam was completed. Because of the formation of Lake Volta, about 78,000 people were relocated to new towns and villages, along with 200,000 animals belonging to them. About 120 buildings were destroyed, not including small residences.

Fire and Phytoplankton Bloom, Western Australia

32.9S 124.6E

November 25th, 2009 Category: Fires

Western Australia - November 24th, 2009

Western Australia - November 24th, 2009



Smoke from a fire near Point Culver, a headland on the south coast of Western Australia, blows over the western end of the Great Australian Bight. At the time this image was taken, the wind was blowing the smoke to the south.

Also visible off the coast is a phytoplankton bloom. Although parts of the bloom are rather faint, upon opening the full image it can be seen trailing out into the ocean from the left side of the image to the right side.