Fires in Central America

Fires in Central America
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Many fires (red dots) can be seen burning in the Yucatan and Central America in this true-color MODIS image. Also visible along the coastlines are brilliant blue-green waters that may signal the presence of phytoplankton (microscopic marine organisms that use chlorophyll for photosynthesis and which live in nutrient-rich waters). Some brownish-blue sediment is also visible in the waters.

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  • Data Date:

    April 9, 2002
  • Visualization Date:

    April 20, 2002
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration