Kansas Grass Fires Seen from Space

By Stephanie Pappas
Live Science – April 9, 2014

Grass fires on the eastern Kansas prairie, as seen from NASA's Aqua satellite.

Grass fires on the eastern Kansas prairie, as seen from NASA’s Aqua satellite.

A new satellite image shows grass fires scattered like seeds across the Kansas prairie.

And in fact, these fires are a bit like seeds, in that they are a crucial part of the prairie ecosystem.

“We can’t have prairie without fire,” Jason Hartman of the Kansas Forest Service told NASA’s Earth Observatory, which released the satellite image today (April 9).

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