Fires in Australia

Fires in Australia

20 August 2008

Bushfires in Northern Territory

Abundant rainfall during the wet season in northern Australia waters the tropical savannas, where grasses can grow as high as three meters (more than 9 feet). During the dry season (Southern Hemisphere winter), these grasses become extremely flammable, and they fuel enormous bushfires. Fires are triggered by lightning and by people. This photo-like image captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on 17 August 2008, shows numerous large fires in Arnhem Land in Northern Territory, Australia. Places where the sensor detected fire are marked in red.


17 August 2008

The high-resolution image provided above is at MODIS’ maximum spatial resolution (level of detail) of 250 meters per pixel.

(source: earth observatory)

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