Fires Spread Smoke over Buenos Aires •

Last update: November 19th, 2019 at 11:00 am

Smoke from fires set by farmers to clear land for livestock grazing in the floodplain of the Parana River northwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina, degraded local air quality and forced road closures due to poor visibility, according to news reports. This image of the fires (locations outlined in red) was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on April 17, 2008. Smoke flows southeast over Buenos Aires and the muddy waters of the Rio de la Plata Estuary. According to a news article, Argentina’s Interior Minister, Florencio Randazzo, attributed the dramatic fire activity to farmers needing new pastures for cattle that previously grazed on land now dedicated to soybean production.

Credit: NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption by Rebecca Lindsey.

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