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NASA Releases Images of Carbon Monoxide Emerging from the Amazon Fires

The Amazon forests spread over 9 nations — Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Ecuador and French Guiana is burning. Little known information of the ground situation NASA revealed maps of the atmosphere over the Amazon region due to the fires.

NASA’s ‘air map’ images from their Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument aboard the Aqua satellite shows high movement in the atmosphere of carbon monoxide over Brazil.

Carbon monoxide was caught at high altitudes — 18,000 feet (5,500 meters). This harmful gas can  persist in the atmosphere for months and travel over long distances. At such altitudes, it has little effect on the air we breathe – but that’s not cause to rest.




Winds carry it downward to where it significantly impacts air quality and ultimately resulting in air pollution, as well as climate change.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory shared the images.

The colors – green, yellow and dark red indicate the concentrations of carbon monoxide in the atmosphere. Green means 100 parts per billion by volume (ppbv) of Carbon Monoxide, yellow is 120 ppbv and dark red about 160 ppbv.



Meanwhile, over 80,000 fires have completely decimated the rain forests this year. Brazil called 44,000 army men to put out the blaze, while the G7 countries have allocated US$ 20 million to fund the operations to fight the fire.


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