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NASA Satellites Reveal Surprising Connection Between Beetle Attacks, Wildfire

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September 08, 2010 02:09PM
Mountain pine beetles are native to western forests, and they have evolved with the trees they infest, such as lodgepole pine and whitebark pine trees. However, in the last decade, warmer temperatures have caused pine beetle numbers to skyrocket. Huge areas of red, dying forest now span from British Columbia through Colorado, and there's no sign the outbreak is slowing in many areas.

The affected regions are so large that NASA satellites, such as Landsat, can even detect areas of beetle-killed forest from space. Today, NASA has released a new video about how scientists can use Landsat satellite imagery to map these pine beetle outbreaks, and what impact the beetle damage might have on forest fire.


http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/beetles-fire.html
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NASA Satellites Reveal Surprising Connection Between Beetle Attacks, Wildfire

Rick935September 08, 2010 02:09PM



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