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Fires in Southern USA, by Lake Ouchita and Toledo Bend Reservoir – December 14th, 2012

30.8N 93.2W

December 14th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

USA – December 13th, 2012

Several fires can be seen in the southern USA (best observed upon opening the full image). In the upper left quadrant, a fire can be seen in the Ouchita Mountains, on the northern shores of Lake Ouchita, in Arkansas. The plume of smoke from this blaze is blowing due north. In the full image, at least five other fires can be seen in and near the mountains, in both Arkansas and Oklahoma.

In the lower half of the image, three fires can be seen between Lake Sam Rayburn (left) and the Toledo Bend Reservoir (right), in eastern Texas, with two other fires visible southeast of the Toledo Bend Reservoir, west and east of the city of DeRidder, Louisiana.


Fires Around Ouchita Mountains, USA

34.5N 95.2W

December 12th, 2012 Category: Fires

USA – December 12th, 2012

Several fires can be seen in southeastern Oklahoma and southwestern Arkansas, around the Ouachita Mountains. The range itself runs through west central Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma, although its subterranean roots may extend as far as central Texas (in the full image, the city of Dallas can be seen to the southwest). The Ouachita Mountains form the U.S. Interior Highlands, one of the few major mountainous regions between the Rocky Mountains and the Appalachian Mountains.

Bays Along Gulf Coast of Texas, USA and Tamaulipas, Mexico

28.5N 96.3W

November 10th, 2012 Category: Sediments

Mexico – November 7th, 2012

This image shows a portion of the Gulf Coast, made of many inlets, bays, and lagoons, by the Texas, USA – Tamaulipas, Mexico border. The western portions of the Gulf Coast are made up of many barrier islands and peninsulas, including the 130 miles (210 km) Padre Island and Galveston Island located in the U.S. State of Texas. These landforms protect numerous bays and inlets providing as a barrier to oncoming waves. Here, those bays appear various shades of green and light blue due to the presence of sediments and phytoplankton.

Fires Near Bays Along Texas Coast, USA – November 8th, 2012

29.2N 94.7W

November 8th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

USA – November 7th, 2012

Fires near Houston, Texas, USA, release bright white plumes of smoke that blow southward off the coast and over the Gulf of Mexico. The fire releasing the thickest smoke plume is located southeast of Houston, near the shores of East Bay, a section of the larger Galveston Bay. Moving westward down the coast, a small plume of smoke can be seen near the shores of West Bay, also part of Galveston Bay. The last smoke plume is visible even further west, near East Matagorda Bay.

Fires Near Texas Coast, USA

29.7N 95.3W

November 7th, 2012 Category: Fires

USA – November 7th, 2012

Plumes of smoke from two fires blow southward over the Gulf of Mexico. The fires are burning near the coast of Texas, south of the city of Houston, which is visible as a grey are near the image center. Also of note is some phytoplankton growth and/or presence of sediments in the waters of the gulf.

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