Last update: November 13th, 2019 at 11:00 am
The Andes Mountains (image left) create an effective barrier to the smoke billowing from scores, possibly hundreds, of fires burning across central South America. This true-color image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite on October 6, 2002. Fire detections are marked with red dots.
South America is a continent in the Western Hemisphere, mostly in the Southern Hemisphere,Widespread Fires in South America with a relatively small portion in the Northern Hemisphere. Therefore It may also be considered a subcontinent of the Americas. Therefore which is how it is viewed in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking. Also regions of the Americas.
Therefore reference to South America instead of other regions (like Latin America or the Southern Cone). And has increased in the last decades due to changing geopolitical dynamics (in particular, the rise of Brazil. Therefore we may see more Widespread Fires in South America in the future spreading rapidly and harder to maintain. Seen in the image, there is a wide spread of multiple fires which shows on image as red dots. Heavy smoke and clouds surrounding the areas as well.
Credit: Image by Jesse Allen, based on data from the MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA-GSFC