Mapping global fires

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At times we think we have a lot of fires in the United States, but take a look at the fires that are mapped on our planet by NASA’s Earth Observatory using their Terra satellite.

As described on NASA’s site:

The fire maps show the locations of actively burning fires around the world on a monthly basis, based on observations from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite. The colors are based on a count of the number (not size) of fires observed within a 1,000-square-kilometer area.

Thanks, Judy, for the tip.


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