Fires in West Africa • Earth.com

Last update: September 20th, 2019 at 2:54 pm

Between the Sahara Desert and the savannas and woodlands closer to the Atlantic seaboard, the interior of West Africa is spanned by a semi-arid grassland called the Sahel. This image of the area was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on December 13, 2007. The agricultural burning season was underway, and MODIS detected hundreds of fires (marked in red). Although such fires are not necessarily hazardous, this kind of large-scale burning can have a strong impact on weather, climate, human health, and natural resources.

Credit: NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center

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