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Fires Across Northern Australia
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Fires Across Northern Australia

April 19, 2013
Red dots mark where scores of fires were burning in the Kimberley region of Western Australia (left) and Australia’s Northern Territory (right) on May 31, 2005. White plumes of smoke pour from the larger fires and are drifting west and northwest on the wind. In Western Australia, charcoal-brown burn scars shadow the largest red clusters where flames have left the landscape black and charred. Brown sediment is washing from the shore and diffusing into green swirls in the Indian Ocean. Some of the green farther offshore may be caused by phytoplankton, tiny plants that grow in the sunlit surface waters of the ocean. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image. Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC