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Fire in the Pantanal, Brazil – May 10th, 2012

18.3S 57.3W

May 10th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Wetlands

Brazil - May 8th, 2012


Smoke from a fire in the Pantanal, by the Brazil-Bolivia-Paraguay border, can be observed by the center of the main image. The close-up shows the same fire at a slightly different time. In the former, the smoke has a V-shape due to changes in the direction of air currents, while in the latter the plume is blowing towards the northwest and a cloud of smoke can be observed in the lower left corner.

The Pantanal is a tropical wetland. It is one of the world’s largest wetlands of any kind. Most of it lies within the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, but it extends into Mato Grosso and portions of Bolivia and Paraguay, sprawling over an area estimated at between 140,000 square kilometres (54,000 sq mi) and 195,000 square kilometres (75,000 sq mi).

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