June 8, 2011
A 70mm view, taken from Discovery, showing heavy Smoke in Mexico along the coast of the Bay of Campeche. Fires across Mexico and Central America created heavy smoke plumes for a few weeks in May and June, 1998. The smoke circulated around a high pressure system over the Gulf of Mexico and brought thick smoke and soot to the south central United States. Scientists are looking at burning regions like this around the world to study the smokes affect on the albedo or the reflectance of the suns rays and how it may influence our world's climate. The fires in this view are north of the city of Villahermosa, in the lower center or south edge of the photo. The smaller city of Cardenas is to the west of Villahermosa. The point along the coast is the Rio Grijalva river delta. Laguna de Terminos is to the east of this delta.
Topics: Environment, Grijalva River, Villahermosa, States of Mexico, Disaster Accident, Campeche, Albedo, Gulf of Mexico, Smoke