Fires in Northern Territory, Australia

Fires in Northern Territory, Australia

01 September 2006


In late August, the tropical savannas of northern Australia are drying out as the cool dry season progresses, and both natural and human-set (natural resource management) fires are common. This image of parts of Western Australia and Northern Territory shows scores of fires (red dots) burning across the Kimberley Plateau and Arnhem Land on August 31, 2006.

Aboriginal tribes have used fire to maintain plant and animal communities in the region’s tropical savannas for centuries. Australian scientists are working with Aborigines to figure out how to integrate traditional knowledge with modern natural resource management techniques.

Image of the globe centered at -20 degrees latitude and 130 degrees longitude.

AQUA
31 August 2006

The high-resolution image provided above has a spatial resolution of 250 meters per pixel.

(source: EarthObservatory).


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