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Images from a NASA satellite show the quickly increasing levels of carbon monoxide in atmosphere from the Amazon fires

Images from a NASA satellite show the quickly increasing levels of carbon monoxide in atmosphere from the Amazon fires
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Technology aboard NASA satellite Aqua captured images of carbon monoxide in the atmosphere associated with wildfires burning through the Amazon rainforest for the past few weeks.




NASA collected new data from their Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument, measuring levels of carbon monoxide at an altitude of 18,000 feet (5,500 meters) from August 8 to 22.




An animation of the data demonstrates the spread of carbon monoxide, indicated by colors green, yellow, and dark red to represent the concentration of the gas by parts per billion by volume (ppvb).




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A NASA satellite captured harrowing images of carbon monoxide in the atmosphere due to the wildfires that continue to rage in the Amazon rainforest.
NASA collected new data from their Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument, measuring levels of carbon monoxide at an altitude of 18,000 feet (5,500 meters) from August 8 to 22, according to a press release. The AIRS, which is aboard NASA's Aqua satellite, measures "atmospheric temperature and humidity, cloud amounts and heights, greenhouse gas concentrations and many other atmospheric phenomena," the press release stated.
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