NASA probe recorded dozens of fires near lake Baikal

© Photo : Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC. Caption by Lynn Epagoge in the forests of lake BaikalNASA probe recorded dozens of fires near lake Baikal© Photo : Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC. Caption by Lynn Jenner

Probe Terra got a new area photos of lake Baikal, where you can see the pockets of dozens of major forest fires that broke out after a series of thunderstorms, according to the NASA website.

As shown by images taken by the MODIS camera on Board the probe Terra, this week in the vicinity of lake Baikal erupted about thirty new forest fires, most of which are located on the territory of Buryatia.

Their source, according to NASA climate scientists, are lightning, which could get into the trees and cause ignition during the recent series of thunderstorms swept through the Eastern Siberia and the far East. This distinguishes these outbreaks of fires from a series of powerful fire at the beginning and the end of summer 2015, when people played a significant role in the development of fires.

Interestingly, many of these fires are still snowy shores of lake Baikal and the snow-covered forests of the North of Buryatia. This, according to us scientists, is one of the main evidence that fires occurred due to lightning, and not some other natural causes such as drought or extreme heat.

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