Fires in the Amazon

 Fires in the Southeast Amazon

2 August 2005

Along the southeastern margin of the Amazon Rainforest, people are creating islands of rainforest surrounded by farms andranches. Fire is a common land-clearing or land-management tool in the region, and numerous fires were detected by MODIS in the image and are marked with reddots. 
This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’sTerra satellite was captured on 1 August 2005.The left  image  is a photo-like image in natural colours, while theright image has been enhanced by including MODIS’ observations of infraredlight. In the false colour scene, vegetation is bright green, clouds are lightblue, the burned area is magenta and water bodies and geographical features canbe seen more clearly. 

1 August 2005
14:10 hrs UTC
(Image courtesy MODIS)
True colour: Bands 1-4-3
False Colour: Bands 7-2-1

The links provide a 500mresolution for both scenes

Above the cluster of fires located at the upper Xingu river, a deep green forest island is surrounded by lighter green and tan areas of agricultural land. To the southwest of the smallerisland, a larger pocket of forest appears to be in the process of being isolated from the intact expanse of forest to thenorthwest—if it has not been separated already. 

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