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Dominican Republic

January 19, 2006
This MEdium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) image, acquired on 21 March 2005, shows the forest fires which started on 20 March 2005 in the Pico Duarte region of the Dominican Republic (center of the island of Hispaniola, visible as white smoke), as they burned out of control on 21 March 2005. According to newspaper reports, the fires were fueled by forests composed of resinous Haitian pine, or pinus occidentalis. Thick smoke caused air travel in the area to be suspended on 21 March 2005 due to lack of visibility. The fires affected the valleys of Lilis and Tetero and the Pico Duarte area, including the Jose del Carmen Ramirez and Armando Bermudez national parks.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Envisat
  • Instrument: MERIS
  • Acquisition: 21-Mar-2005
  • Orbit nr: 15982
  • Center coordinates: lat. 18.35, lon. -69.68


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