Widely Scattered Fires across Central Africa • Earth.com

Last update: September 15th, 2019 at 11:00 am

Widely Scattered Fires across Central Africa. Fires are burning in a broad swath across central Africa south of the Sahara Desert.  Therefore This true-color image from November 3, 2002. It was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on the Aqua satellite. Therefore the  scene is centered on Sudan, which spans nearly the entire image. Also Moving southward through Sudan, the Sahara gives way to the Sahel, which gives way to tropical savannas. Roughly centered in the image is a region called the Sudd, which encompasses a large expanse of wetlands near a sharp bend in the White Nile. Fires (red dots) are burning throughout the region.

Therefore you will see many widely scattered fires across central Africa through these times. The fires cause major damages shown on picture of satellite image above. Also there are more red dots showing the amount of fires spreading. Central Africa is known for the amount of fire and brush storms. Therefore the Sahara is unpredictable as far as when the fires can start. The satellite have to capture this because the fires are too strong to get on ground shots. Running out lots of wildlife.

Credit: Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC

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