NASA Satellite Captures Kangaroo Island's Bushfire Burn Scars

Pablo Tucker
January 9, 2020

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Various NASA satellites have been monitoring the devastating fires in Australia, and the agency just released before and after images of Kangaroo Island captured by the Terra satellite using the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument.

Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia has been described as the country's version of the Galapagos.

The Dec. 16, 2019 image of Kangaroo Island shows the island greenery still intact. For the latest news on this disaster from MSN Australia, visit Bushfire emergency. The bottom photo, before the fire, was taken December 16, 2019.

NASA's Terra satellite recently snapped before and after imagery of the island, which lies off the mainland of South Australia.

At least one-third of the island has been destroyed, putting both species' survival at risk, experts said.

NASA's Terra satellite snapped an image of Kangaroo Island's burn scars on January 7.

According to NASA, the bushfires at Kangaroo Island began as lightning strikes at Flinders Chase National Park.

While seasonal fires are common in Australia, hot and dry weather has made this year's exceptionally intense. The park is a popular place for spotting the duck-billed platypus, one of Australia's most beloved species.

Hodgens and Daniella Teixera, an ecologist with the University of Queensland, said the current state on the island is unknown, but some "critical areas" were damaged by the fires, which have killed an estimated half-billion animals.

Almost 20 million acres have burned across Australia in recent months, and authorities say the fires could keep burning for months longer.

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