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Environment

Watch the World Burn: Cool NASA Video Shows Fires Around Globe

80beatsBy Douglas MainOctober 21, 2011 9:43 PM

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http://youtu.be/zF0c1PBiXi8 Some men just want to watch the world burn. Count me as one of them, at least when it comes to this video from NASA showing fires taking place the world over. Seventy percent of the world's blazes take place in Africa—apparently making it the "fire continent," according to the narrator. Perhaps surprisingly, especially given recent wildfires in the American West and Southwest, only 2 percent of the globes conflagrations take place in North America. NASA used two satellites, Terra and Aqua, to visualize patterns of vegetation, snow/ice cover, and fires worldwide from July 2002 to July 2011. [Via NASA]

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