Fires in Central Africa (morning overpass)

Fires in Central Africa (morning overpass)
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Scores of fires continue to burn across the savannas (darker greens) and the Sahel (lighter greens and browns) of central Africa. These true-color images from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua and Terra satellites were captured in late November and early December 2002 and show active fire detections marked with red dots. In the upper right hand quadrant (or top center), Lake Chad and its surrounding wetlands make a green splash against the paler desert sands of the Sahara.

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  • Data Date:

    November 30, 2002
  • Visualization Date:

    December 2, 2002
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration