Agricultural Fires in West Africa

Agricultural Fires in West Africa

23 January 2008

Hundreds of fires (red dots) were burning in West Africa on 22 January 2008, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image. The widespread nature of the fires and the time of year (dry season) indicate that these are probably fires that people have set for agricultural purposes.


22 January 2008

Though not necessarily hazardous, such large-scale burning can have a strong impact on weather, climate, human health, and natural resources. The skies appear very hazy over the Atlantic Ocean (bottom of scene); this haze may be a combination of blowing dust and smoke.

The large image provided above has a spatial resolution (level of detail) of 1 kilometer per pixel.

(source: earth observatory)



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