Last update: January 21st, 2020 at 8:00 am
North of Lake Victoria Fires in Eastern Africa Near Lake Victoria (red dots) were scattered across the savanna. Also were detected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite on February 2, 2003.
The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at MODIS maximum spatial resolution of 250 meters.
Lake Victoria is one of the African Great Lakes.
The lake was renamed Lake Victoria after Queen Victoria by the explorer John Hanning Speke. Therefore in his reports—the first Briton to document it. (It has since been recognized that the native guides used the name Lake Nyanza to describe it to him.)
Speke accomplished this in 1858, while on an expedition with Richard Francis Burton to locate the source of the Nile River. This expedition was financially sponsored by the Royal Geographic Society, an imperial organization that, upon notifying this news to the queen, received a royal charter. It is not clear if this was in appreciation of the lake renaming. Therefore Fires in Eastern Africa Near Lake Victoria are common the area is still a nice landscaped terrain.
Credit: Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC