Heat map of the Earth.

Heat map of the Earth. Watch 11 years of >10 million fires recorded by two NASA satellites, Terra and Aqua, condensed into a minute. Over 70% of the world’s fires were recorded over Africa, most caused by agricultural practices or lightning. USA, in contrast, had less than 2%. Data were recorded using MODIS (MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) and shown as a heat map.

Info from: http://www.zmescience.com/ecology/climate/burning-fire-outer-space-22102011/

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2 Responses to Heat map of the Earth.

  1. Tom Lee says:


    Interesting study. Seems to occur more near the equator.

  2. Rajini Rao says:


    Tom Lee , more slash and burn agriculture in the tropics, perhaps? The fires near the Amazon and sub-Sahara are sobering.

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