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Smoke from Fires in South America Thickens

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September 22nd, 2010 Category: Fires, Lakes, Salt Flats

Smoke from Fires in Bolivia and Brazil - September 17th, 2010

Smoke from fires burning in Bolivia continues to cover large areas of South America, particularly in Bolivia and Brazil, with a greyish white haze that has thickened over the last few days.

Although winds have been blowing the smoke around, the high Andes Mountains remain an obstacle that prevent it from moving further south. Therefore, the view of several important lakes and salt flats in Bolivia is unobstructed by the smoke.

The large, white Salar de Uyuni can be observed at the bottom of the image. Directly north of it is Lake Poopó, also partially surrounded by salt flats. Finally, to the northwest, part of Lake Titicaca can be seen along the left edge.

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