Agricultural Fires in West Africa
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Agricultural Fires in West Africa

January 20, 2008

In the grasslands and savannas of West Africa, the agricultural burning season takes place in Northern Hemisphere winter. Fires are widespread at this time, as people burn crop stubble, brush, and old pasture grasses.

This image shows hundreds of fires (red dots) detected by the MODIS on NASA's Aqua satellite when it captured this image on January 10, 2008. Although it is not necessarily immediately hazardous, such large-scale burning can have a strong impact on weather, climate, human health, and natural resources.

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