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Burn Scars: Seeing The Aftermath of Wildfires From Above

by Txchnologist staff

The Rim Fire currently burning near Yosemite National Park is now one of the largest wildfires in California history. The 10-day-old blaze has already burned more than 150,000 acres, destroyed nine structures and threatens thousands more, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The image at the top shows the Rim Fire and was taken on August 22 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. The red outlines display unusually warm surface temperatures that are associated with fires.

Wildfires like the Rim Fire leave behind burn scars that can take years to fade. To show what will eventually happen to the area the Rim Fire covers, which is currently over 230 squares miles,  we found five images of wildfires that happened this year around the world. Click through the photo-set to learn more about the burn scars.

All images courtesy of NASA’s Earth Observatory.

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