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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS040-E-103496 Date: Aug. 2014
Geographic Region: BRAZIL

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  Amazon forest burning season, Brazil

On an unusually cloud-free day at the height of the dry season in Amazonia, several fires were burning, giving rise to a broad smoke pall easily seen from the International Space Station (ISS). Parts of the ISS appear along the margins of the image. Against the backdrop of the dark green rainforest, several fires follow the major highway BR 163 (lower center of the image to the top left). Fires are set to clear patches of forest for agriculture, a process that reveals red-brown soils. A long line of new cleared patches snakes east from BR 163 towards the remote valley of the Rio Crepori.

Extensive deforested areas in Brazil's state of Mato Grosso appear as tan areas across the top of the image. Fires show the advance of deforestation into the state of Para, the area shown in most of this view. Para is now second after Mato Grosso in terms of deforestation acreage.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 278k
Mission: ISS040  
Roll - Frame: E - 103496
Geographical Name: BRAZIL  
Center Lat x Lon: 7.5S x 56W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
Camera: N5
Camera Tilt: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 70  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: S   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?:   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number:  
Date: 20140819   YYYYMMDD
Time: 152535   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: .5N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 53.9W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 15   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 224   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 77   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: FOREST, VALLEY  
Water Views:  
Atmosphere Views: SMOKE, SMOKE PALL  
City Views:  
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