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Fires and Smoke Across Mato Grosso Brazil
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Fires and Smoke Across Mato Grosso, Brazil

March 29, 2013
Hundreds—possibly thousands—of active fire detections were made by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite on August 31, 2003, across western Brazil (top right) and Bolivia (bottom left). These fires, marked with red dots, are billowing smoke which hangs over the terrain, nearly obscuring it in some places. Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC