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After Rain Provides Brief Relief, Fires Return to Bolivia

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September 12th, 2010 Category: Fires, Lakes, Mountains, Salt Flats

Smoke from Fires in Bolivia - September 10th, 2010

Although in early September rain had put out many of the fires that had been burning in Bolivia, by the end of the first week of the month the rainfall had ceased and over 500 fires were once again burning.

The thumbnail image focuses on the area near the border between Peru (below) and Bolivia (above). The smoke remains confined to skies over the Amazon Rainforest, unable to pass over the high Andes Mountains.

Visible south of the mountains are Lake Titicaca (navy blue, just south of the mountains) and the Salar de Uyuni (white, bottom). In the full image, the smoky skies can be seen all the way north into Brazil, while the clear skies to the south are observable all the way down through Chile.

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