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Popcorn Clouds and Good to High Photosynthetic Activity in India and Sri Lanka

8.4N 80.1E

March 13th, 2012 Category: Vegetation Index

India and Sri Lanka - January 6th, 2012

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of southern India (upper left) and the island-nation of Sri Lanka (lower right). Both countries show an index of photosynthetic activity that ranges primarily from good (green) to high (rusty red), although some patches of low activity (yellow) can also be seen.

In Sri Lanka, the largest area of high activity is located near the western coast. Popcorn clouds hover over both countries Рas these clouds frequently form when growing, photosynthetizing plants release water vapour into the atmosphere, it is no surprise to see them forming over areas of high photosynthetic activity.

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