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Sunglint on Lakes and Fire in Southern USA

32.7N 96.8W

June 28th, 2013 Category: Fires, Lakes MODISTerra

USA – June 26th, 2013

Many lakes and reservoirs, highlighted by sunglint and thus appearing silvery green in color, dot the left half of this image of Texas and Lousiana, in southern USA. In the lower right quadrant, a fire can be seen releasing a plume of smoke that blows towards the northeast.

Fire Near Upemba Depression, Democratic Republic of the Congo – April 28th, 2013

8.6S 26.3E

April 28th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Lakes, Wetlands

Democratic Republic of the Congo – April 27th, 2013

A fire can be seen east of the Upemba Depression in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, releasing a plume of smoke that blows northwest. The Upemba Depression, Kamalondo Depression, is a large marshy bowl area comprising some fifty lakes, including 22 of relatively large size including Lake Upemba (530 km²) and Lake Kisale (300 km²). In an earlier era, the area was probably occupied by one large lake.
The area is covered in marshland and is partially within the Upemba National Park in Haut-Lomami District.

Fires in Northern Bolivia Near Rogaguado Lake

13S 65.9W

April 21st, 2013 Category: Fires, Lakes

Bolivia – April 21st, 2013

Colored square markers, best observed in the full image, indicate the presence of fires in Bolivia, near a series of lakes (the largest of which is Rogaguado Lake) and lagoons in the northern part of the country. Plumes of smoke can be seen billowing forth, in a generally northwestward direction, from some of the larger fires.

Fires North of Reservoir of Yacyretá Dam, Paraguay

25.4S 56.4W

April 18th, 2013 Category: Fires, Lakes

Paraguay – April 17th, 2013

Multiple plumes of smoke from fires in Paraguay can be seen north of the reservoir created by the Yacyretá Dam. The dam, also known as the Jasyretâ-Apipé Hydroelectric Power Station, is a dam and hydroelectric power plant built over the waterfalls of Jasyretâ-Apipé in the Paraná River, between the Argentine Province of Corrientes and the Paraguayan City of Ayolas.

Lagoons and Wetlands in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina

28.2S 57.1W

April 7th, 2013 Category: Fires, Lakes, Wetlands

Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina – April 6th, 2013

Several bodies of water can be observed in this image of southern Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. Near the coast are two lagoons: Lagoa dos Patos, in Brazil, and Lagoa Merim/Laguna Merín, shared by Brazil and Uruguay. There is a strong presence of sediments in both lakes.

In the upper left quadrant of the image are the Esteros del Iberá, or Iberá Wetlands, a mix of swamps, bogs, stagnant lakes, lagoons, natural slough and courses of water in the center and center-north of the province of Corrientes, Argentina. The Esteros are the second-largest wetlands in world after Pantanal in Brazil. They are of pluvial origin, with a total area 15,000 to 20,000 km². A fire can be seen near this wetlands area, releasing a white plume of smoke towards the south.

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