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Wildfires burn in northern Corsica Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at wildfires burning in northern Corsica.

Corsica is one of the 18 regions of France located, in the Mediterranean Sea just southeast of the French mainland and west of Italy.

This false-color image reveals the burn scar left behind from the blazes, which appear to have been started by arsonists and then exacerbated by strong winds. It was captured on July 26, 2017 by the day Multi-Spectral Imager (MSI) onboard the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2 satellite.The island is a territorial collectivity of France. The regional capital is Ajaccio. Although the region is divided into two administrative departments, Haute-Corse and Corse-du-Sud, their respective regional and departmental territorial collectivities were merged on 1 January 2018 to form the single territorial collectivity of Corsica. As such, Corsica enjoys a greater degree of autonomy than other French regional collectivities, for example the Corsican Assembly is permitted to exercise limited executive powers. Corsica’s second-largest town is Bastia, the prefecture of Haute-Corse.It is the fourth-largest island in the Mediterranean and lies southeast of the French mainland, west of the Italian Peninsula and immediately north of the Italian island of Sardinia, the land mass nearest to it. A single chain of mountains makes up two-thirds of the island. In 2016, it had a population of 330,455.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Source: NASA Earth Observatory

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