Amazon Brazil Fires MOPITT

Drought-Amplified CO Emissions in Amazonia

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Fires in Amazonia principally occur during the dry season lasting roughly from July to October and are concentrated in the 'arc of deforestation' spanning across the southern and eastern basin margins.  While much of the biomass burning activity in Amazonia follows directly from deforestation associated with agricultural practices, human-caused fires often escape from deforested areas into neighboring standing forests.  These fires typically burn below the forest canopy and cause long-term dama

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