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Fires in Northern Australia
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Fires in Northern Australia

September 7, 2004
Fires, marked in red, are scattered around Australia's Northern Territory in this true-color Aqua MODIS image from September 3, 2004. While many of these fires are likely part of a planned, controlled burning program, others are also wildfires. Many of the fires send clouds of blue-grey smoke into the sky; the smoke floats up, then in an upper layer of the atmosphere, winds begin carrying the smoke off to the northwest. Much of the region is characterized by tropical savannas: eucalypt forests growing over a floor of grasses.


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