Kangaroo Island Bushfires
Editor's Pics Jan 08, 2020
Credit: NASA Worldview
NASA's Terra satellite has provided before and after imagery showing the extent of the fires that have been wreaking havoc on Australia's Kangaroo Island.
The top image is from Dec. 16, 2019 and the bottom image was taken on Jan. 07, 2020. The devastation can clearly be seen as one-third of the island (155,000 hectares/383,013 acres) shows burn scars as well as areas that are still on fire. These images were captured by NASA's Terra satellite using its MODIS instrument. The MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) instrument is able to overlay reflective bands of color to highlight areas burned and distinguish them from areas of regular vegetation.
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