12 Jul '17, 4pm

From our Earth Matters blog: a ground-based photo of a dusty burn scar in #Patagonia.

Photo courtesy of Luciano Javier Avila. Dozens of wildfires blazed along the Atlantic coast of Argentina coast last winter. One of them left behind a massive burn scar near the Valdez Peninsula. When we wrote about the fires last month, we were unable to say with certainty whether the plume rising off the burn scar was airborne ash or dust. A quick recap from our article: This part of Argentina’s coast is sparsely populated, arid, and covered in scrubby undergrowth. The closest city is Puerto Madryn, more than 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the burn scar. Due to this remoteness, it is difficult to verify the composition of plumes. At the time, Santiago Gassó, a NASA scientist who studies the global transport of ash and dust, gave us his best guess: While Gassó believes ash caused this plume, it is possible that finely ground rock and soil dust also could have become dislodg...

Full article: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/earthmatters/2017...

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