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Smoke Fires Bolivia from Manaus to Mar Chiquita

16.9S 62.5W

August 29th, 2010 Category: Fires

Smoke from Fires in Bolivia - August 26th, 2010

The skies over huge expanses of land in South America continue to be choked by smoke from fires blazing in Bolivia. The thumbnail image focuses on the smoke over Bolivia, east of the Salar de Uyuni, the large white salt flat at the lower left edge), and the Andes Mountains.

Upon opening the full image, the cloud of smoke can be seen reaching from ManĂ¡us, Brazil, in the North, to near the salt flats of the Salinas Grandes and the green saline lake called Mar Chiquita, in Argentina, in the South.

Fires in Northern Bolivia Near Rogaguado Lake

13S 65.9W

April 21st, 2013 Category: Fires, Lakes

Bolivia – April 21st, 2013

Colored square markers, best observed in the full image, indicate the presence of fires in Bolivia, near a series of lakes (the largest of which is Rogaguado Lake) and lagoons in the northern part of the country. Plumes of smoke can be seen billowing forth, in a generally northwestward direction, from some of the larger fires.

Fires in Bolivia and Paraguay

20.2S 61.4W

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

19.4S 58.4W

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.

Fires Still Blazing Across Bolivia and Brazil

14.3S 61.2W

September 14th, 2012 Category: Fires

Brazil – August 30th, 2012

Fires in South America punctuate the Bolivian (lower left quadrant) and Brazilian (upper half of image) landscapes with greyish white plumes of smoke, and contribute to a hazy veil that spreads across the Amazon Rainforest (top). It is likely that the fires were set by humans for agricultural purposes.