Yellowstone’s landscape was forever changed by 1988 fires
Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Goddard is a time-lapse that shows the recovery of Yellowstone National Park over the last three decades.
In the summer of 1988, fires caused by drought, lightning, and human activity spread across 793,880 acres of Yellowstone – burning more than one-third of the park.
Through these images, which were captured by USGS-NASA Landsat satellites from 1987 to 2018, the burn scars are visible from space many years after the fires. As new vegetation emerges and the forest becomes healthy again, the scars begin to fade.
Video Credit: NASA Goddard