Fires in Southern Borneo • Earth.com Fires in Southern Borneo

Last update: December 15th, 2019 at 5:00 am

Fires in southern Borneo smoke from scores of fires (marked in red) mingles with small, puffy clouds in this image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on August 10, 2003.

The high-resolution image provided here is 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this scene at MODIS?s maximum spatial resolution of 250 meters.

Borneo  is the third-largest island in the world and the largest in Asia. Also At the geographic centre of Maritime Southeast Asia, in relation to major Indonesian islands. Therefore it is located north of Java, west of Sulawesi, and east of Sumatra.

The island is politically divided among three countries. Malaysia and Brunei in the north, and Indonesia to the south. Approximately 73% of the island is Indonesian territory. In the north, the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak make up about 26% of the island. Additionally, the Malaysian federal territory of Labuan is situated on a small island just off the coast of Borneo. The sovereign state of Brunei, located on the north coast, comprises about 1% of Borneo’s land area. A little more than half of the island is in the Northern Hemisphere including Brunei and the Malaysian portion, while the Indonesian portion spans both the Northern and Southern hemispheres.

Borneo is home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world. Also Fires in Southern Borneo happen often.

Credit: Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC

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