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Fires in the Amazon RainforestThis natural-color image shows smoke from fires in the Amazon…

Fires in the Amazon RainforestThis natural-color image shows smoke from fires in the Amazon…

Fires in the Amazon Rainforest

This natural-color image shows smoke from fires in the Amazon rainforest spreading across several states within Brazil, including Amazonas, Mato Grosso, and Rondônia.

The image was collected by our VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument aboard the Suomi NPP satellite (a joint-partnership between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) on August 20, 2019. It’s not unusual to see fires in Brazil at this time of year, but activity in the country’s largest state, Amazonas, has been above average. Many people use fire to maintain farmland and pastures or to clear land for other purposes.

Credits: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS).

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