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Smoke Over Angola from Wildfires in Africa

September 1st, 2009 Category: Fires, Rivers

Angola - August 31st, 2009Portugal

Angola - August 31st, 2009

Close-up of fire

Close-up of fire

Every year, central and southern Africa are affected by wildfires set in order to clear land for agriculture and grazing.

Here, smoke from fires elsewhere in Africa blows to the West, across Angola and over the Atlantic Ocean. The smoke covers most of western Angola, although it appears thickest along the path of the Cuanza River, in a horizontal band across the top of the image.

A more concentrated plume of smoke from a fire in the lower right quadrant, better observed in the close-up, can also be seen blowing westward.

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