Amazon Wildfires Visible From Space, NASA’s New Images Show
The raging wildfires are spreading across the Amazon and are visible from space, as per to new images from NASA. In a post, NASA Earth Observatory said that the pictures were captured by the MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. There were “a number of fires burning in the states of Amazonas, Rondônia, Mato Grosso, and Pará from August 11–13, 2019.” Recently, Amazonas—which is the largest state in Brazil—announced a state of emergency in the forest fires, as reported by Euro News. The fires in the Amazon are routine, normally occurring between July–August, as the region experiences a dry season, strewed amid wet weather for the rest of the year. Nonetheless, the fires in this year have produced a large amount of smoke that can be seen from space.
In recent time, NASA added that satellite observations suggested that total fire activity across the Amazon basin “was to some extent below average compared to the past 15 Years.” The activity in the Amazonas—and for a lesser extent across Rondônia—is considered “greater than average.” As per to the GFED (Global Fire Emissions Database), the fire activity reported in Pará and Mato Grosso was “below average.” There were almost 1,699 forest fires spotted in Amazonas by satellites, 80% of which occurred in July. That compares to 2,221 (in 2016), 1,784 (in 2017) and 1,695 (in 2018). According to Euro News, Mato Grosso reported 8,799 fires from August 2, which is a 39% surge yearly.
On a related note, lately, it was speculated that the fires across the Amazon basin were likely set intentionally. Rather they might be set by people in an effort to clear land for cattle farming. Cattle farming or ranching is accountable for at least 80% of the ongoing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. A great amount of the international beef supply—including UK’s corned beef supply—begins on the Amazon rainforest that is now bare.