Fires on Cape York Peninsula, Australia

Fires on Cape York Peninsula, Australia

On the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia, numerous active fires (red dots) continue to blacken the landscape. A long, fierce drought, likely brought on by El Nio, has been devastating the region for months. A return to normal rainfall patterns is expected early in 2003. This true-color image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite on December 12, 2002.

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  • Data Date:

    December 11, 2002
  • Visualization Date:

    December 20, 2002
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS


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