Fires in Eastern Africa

Fires in Eastern Africa

16 October 2009

Fires around Lake Malawi

Fires continued to burn around eastern Africa’s Lake Malawi (Lake Nyasa) on 13 October 2009. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image the same day. The fires were likely set for purposes of agriculture, a common occurrence at this time of year.

Red dots indicate hotspots associated with actively burning fires, which burn all around Lake Malawi. Beige-gray smoke plumes occupy a roughly east-west band through Zimbabwe and Mozambique, south of the lake. Although the smoke almost certainly results from the regional fires, only a few source points for smoke plumes appear in this image.

(source: earth observatory)

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