The Amazon Fires Are So Big They Can Be Seen from Space


Three football pitches worth of rainforest is being lost every minute as wildfires continue to rage all over Brazil. The fires are now so big they can be clearly seen from space. The clouds of smoke even darken the sky in São Paulo, almost 2,000 kilometers away. NASA has released images from space showing the incredible extent of the fires.

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This map created by satellite system Modis shows all the ongoing fires in the Amazon. Credit: NASA
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A Nasa satellite image shows the huge amount of smoke caused by the rainforest fires across Brazil and the Amazon basin. Credit: Maxar Technologies

Here’s a more detailed map by Global Forest Watch:

Global Forest Watch says there have been 109,000 fire alerts in Brazil between August 13-22. Credit: Global Forest Watch

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