Fires and smoke across Central America

Fires and smoke across Central America
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

On April 20, 2003, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite captured this image of fires burning across the Yucatan Peninsula and Central America. The fires, marked in red, are billowing thick smoke, which has pooled into the nooks and crannies of the rugged terrain. The smoke is stretching northward over the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • Data Date:

    April 20, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    April 21, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration