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Smoke from agricultural burning and natural forest fires cloaks central South America. Swept southward by a strong flow in the atmosphere the smoke dramatically illustrates the effect of the Andes mountains on atmospheric circulation.

The location of the fires are lightly marked with red on the image. The source of this image is the NASA Earth Observatory.

Here's another interesting smoke related image.

UVic / SEOS / Climate Group / About Front Page Picture / Smoke and Andes Mountains Last updated: Wednesday, 01-Sep-2010 08:17:05 PDT
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