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NASA Satellite Images Provide Clues to Understanding Fire across the Globe [Slide Show]

For two weeks in April the world was ablaze. NASA satellites documented these infernos, both wild and controlled, as they burned from the U.S. to Australia

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INDOCHINA:

Farmers in Burma (aka Myanmar) rely on slash-and-burn, or shifting, cultivation that involves setting fire to areas of forest to transform them into fields for crops. The smoke from shifting cultivation, as seen in this image, is extensive.....[ More ]

INDIA AND NEPAL:

India is one of the world’s biggest producers of wheat and rice, second only to China. The majority of its population depends on agriculture for its livelihood. Many of the fires in this photograph of India and Nepal (fires appear as red dots) were set for agricultural purposes.....[ More ]

UNITED STATES:

For the past 25 years the amount of U.S. land burned each year has risen. That trend is likely to continue: Using NASA satellite data and climate models, scientists now project that drier conditions will most likely increase fire activity across the U.S.....[ More ]

MEXICO:

Mexico’s dry season, which runs from January through May, is also fire season. In 2011 more than 525,000 hectares of land burned during this time of year in the region’s largest wildfire since the 1980s.....[ More ]

AUSTRALIA:

Victoria, Australia’s most densely populated state, is dotted with national parks. These large areas of vegetation have been a source of major local concern since wildfires, or bush fires, began occurring there in the 19th century.....[ More ]

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