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Wave Clouds and Smoke-Filled Skies Over Brazil – August 30th, 2010

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August 30th, 2010 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Smoke from Fires in Bolivia - August 27th, 2010

The left side of this image appears hazy due to smoke from fires burning in Bolivia that has spread over southern Brazil and northern Argentina. Also visible to the right is the ParanĂ¡ River in Brazil.

The fires were started by farmers clearing land so they can plant their crops. Livestock herders also typically clear brush and trees from land by burning foliage. This week, the environment and water ministry asked the farmers and herders to stop the yearly practice.

Upon opening the full image, the smoke can be seen extending far north into Brazil. Also visible in the full version are two areas of wave clouds, parallel rows of clouds formed by atmospheric internal waves.

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