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Large Plumes of Smoke from Wildfires Near James Bay, Canada – June 22nd, 2013

51.9N 78W

June 22nd, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Sediments MODISTerra

Canada – June 22nd, 2013

Several large fires can be seen burning in Quebec, east of James Bay (left edge), in Canada. The fires are releasing thick plumes of white smoke that blow mostly towards the east. James Bay appears brown in color due to sediment washed in from numerous rivers.

Fires Burning Across Angola

13.6S 17.6E

June 20th, 2013 Category: Fires VIIRSSuomi-NPP

Angola – June 19th, 2013

Many fires can be seen burning across Angola, mostly in areas of grass or cropland. The location, widespread nature, and number of fires suggest that these fires were deliberately set to manage land Рa strategy often used by farmers to return nutrients to the soil and clear the ground of undesired plants. Although this type of field clearing is the easiest and most cost effective for the farmer, helping enhance crops and grasses for pasture, the fires also have negative effects: smoke that degrades air quality.

 

Fires Blazing Across Tanzania and DRC

6S 29.5E

June 19th, 2013 Category: Fires MODISAqua

DRC and Tanzania – June 19th, 2013

Hundreds of fires can be seen burning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (left) and Tanzania (right), west and east of Lake Tanganyika. Such blazes are set every year during the dry season in Central Africa. Residents burn away scrub and brush annually in the woody savanna to clear land for farming and grazing.

Fires in Australia’s Northern Territory – June 17th, 2013

13.4S 130.8E

June 17th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day MODISTerra

Australia – June 17th, 2013

Fires in the northern part of Australia’s Northern Territory, between the Van Diemen Gulf and King Sound, release plumes of smoke that blow towards the west. The coastline is framed by sediments, with a greenish phytoplankton bloom visible further offshore in the upper left quadrant.

Fires East of James Bay, Canada – June 14th, 2013

51.6N 78.2W

June 14th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Sediments VIIRSSuomi-NPP

Canada – June 14th, 2013

Three large fires can be seen east of James Bay, Canada, releasing thick plumes of smoke that fan outwards as they blow south. In the bay, which is part of the larger Hudson Bay, melting ice and the influx of dark brown and tan sediments give the waters a variety of different tones.

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