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Fires Across Bolivia and Brazil – September 10th, 2012

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September 10th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Lakes

Bolivia and Peru – August 29th, 2012

Multiple plumes of smoke from fires in Bolivia (lower right quadrant) and the Brazilian states of Rondônia (upper right) and Amazonas (above center) can be seen across this view of South America (click here for previous images). The plumes of smoke in Bolivia are blowing due northwest, while those in Brazil are fanning out over a larger area, although still being carried in a generally northwesterly direction. Visible across the Andes Mountains in the lower left quadrant is Lake Titicaca, on the border of Bolivia and Peru.

Fires South of Lake Mandioré, Brazil and Bolivia – July 19th, 2012

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July 19th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Bolivia and Brazil – July 18th, 2012

Plumes of smoke can be observed in the wetlands of the Pantanal. The fires from which the smoke originates are located south of Mandioré Lake, or Laguna Mandioré, is a lake on the border of Brazil and Bolivia. Here, the lake appears tan from sediments. It is located at an elevation of 90 m and has a surface area of 152 km².

Fires in Bolivia and Paraguay

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October 3rd, 2012 Category: Fires

Bolivia and Paraguay – October 1st, 2012

Plumes of smoke from fires in Bolivia and Paraguay blow mostly towards the south and southeast, although those at the upper right are carried northeastward by the wind. There is also a general, smoky haze over the right side of the image, while the left side, near the Andes Mountains, is clearer.

Fires in Pantanal by Brazil-Paraguay-Bolivia Border

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September 20th, 2012 Category: Fires

Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia – September 5th, 2012

Several fires can be seen near the border area of Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia (clockwise from upper right), in the region known as the Pantanal. The fires may have been set purposefully to clear land; deforestation is a problem in elevated areas of the Pantanal which contain forest. This in turn causes a significant threat to the region in other ways because silt run-off from deforested highlands alters soil hydrology.

Andes Mountains Separating Altiplano and Gran Chaco, Bolivia

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September 16th, 2012 Category: Fires, Lakes, Mountains, Salt Flats

Bolivia and Peru – August 31st, 2012

The ridges of the Andes Mountains mark the division between two starkly contrasting regions in Bolivia: the arid altiplanto (left) and the hot and semi-arid lowlands of the Gran Chaco (sometimes referred to as the Chaco Plain). Visible by the left edge are the bright white salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni and the greenish waters of Lake Poopó. Of note in the upper right corner is smoke from fires that have been affecting the country recently (click here for previous images).

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