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Fires in Southeast Asia

Fires in Southeast Asia

On January 11, 2005, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of scores of agricultural fires burning around the Tônlé Sap (lake in image center) in Cambodia. Areas where MODIS detected active fires are outlined in red. Burned areas associated with the fires appear dark, purplish brown compared to the surrounding tan landscape. Remaining natural vegetation, including a ring of wetland vegetation around the lake and pockets of tropical rainforest appear deep green.

Image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center