Fires in Argentina • Fires in Argentina images

These images from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer. (MODIS) show fires (red dots) in Argentina in January 2003. Across the Pampas, which is a large, relatively flat grassland (image right), a few small fires were detected while to the south, larger fires were burning and producing grayish smoke plumes. In southern Argentina, the rainy season comes in the winter (Northern Hemisphere summer), and fire season continues from late spring into early summer (Northern Hemisphere fall and winter).

Argentina is a country located mostly in the southern half of South America. Therefore Sharing the bulk of the Southern Cone with Chile to the west. Also the country is also bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast Also Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Drake Passage to the south.

With a mainland area of 2,780,400 km2 (1,073,500 sq mi),  Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world. Also the fourth largest in the Americas, and the largest Spanish-speaking nation. Therefore sovereign state is subdivided into twenty-three provinces  and one autonomous city.

Buenos Aires, which is the federal capital of the nation (Spanish: Capital Federal) as decided by Congress. The provinces and the capital have their own constitutions, but exist under a federal system. Argentina claims sovereignty over part of Antarctica, the Falkland Islands (Spanish: Islas Malvinas), and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

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