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Incredible Google Earth Map of Russia's Wildfires

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posted on Aug, 7 2010 @ 02:51 AM
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Nothing new, it happens all the time in the Northern Hemisphere in Summer. In BC (British Columbia) Canada, they occur all the time, and for many reasons.

www.cbc.ca...




posted on Aug, 7 2010 @ 02:52 AM
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Originally posted by LarryLove
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It isn't being played out as dramatic as the map shows in UK media. The latest BBC report shows a couple getting married in Moscow amid all the smog! Ah, but that's mainstream media for you. Going by your analysis, the spread of those fires is insane. And there's no let up in sight. Apparently grain exports have been stopped in Russia due to shortages and bread will go up 15% in the UK.


I wonder what the implications for food will be after these fires now that you bring it up. I don't know where most of the farmers in Russia farm but I imagine a fair amount are getting burned right now, so stopping grain exports would make sense in a "we need to worry about feeding our own people" kind of way.

It's very sobering to me that I had only heard very little of this and had no idea it was this intense until I saw this topic and started researching, it's sad that my media is not taking a bigger approach to reporting on this.

I mean when California has big wildfires it's all over my news (then again I am in california) and it spreads nationwide when it's really bad. I remember my grandma calling me from south dakota to see if I was okay a few years ago.

These fires are way worse than the california ones from what I'm seeing, if this was in the US it'd basically mean that large wildfires were raging all across the entire country.

How do you fight so many fires over thousands of miles? Crazy.



posted on Aug, 7 2010 @ 02:54 AM
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True and throughout Europe, but have you guys ever experienced anything on the same level as Russia is experiencing now?



posted on Aug, 7 2010 @ 02:57 AM
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Has anyone in the past 100 years?

I mean this # is more than 2,000 miles across and 1,000+ miles north and south. Hundreds of crazy fires.

We get a lot of fires in California but this appears to be far more serious than what happens here, and we take our fires very seriously these days.



posted on Aug, 7 2010 @ 03:02 AM
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Food is a big question, both rising cost and supply. The other concern has been the fact that the Russian authorities aren't equipped enough nor have the capacity to deal with so many fires in so many areas. The media coverage is a little strange over hear. It hasn't been entirely centered on the devastation, but odd ball stories about people going about their way in a business as usual manner.

They have warned all Muscovites to stay indoors. That's a lot of people!



posted on Aug, 7 2010 @ 03:07 AM
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You may have done this already, but this website offers up-to-date kml fire information in Russia.




FIRMS provides MODIS hotspot / fire and burned area products to natural resource managers around the world in easy to use formats.



posted on Aug, 7 2010 @ 03:31 AM
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Thanks for posting this.
I was totally unaware of the situation. S&F

What good is the MSM if they ignore stories like this? Not much, imo.



posted on Aug, 7 2010 @ 03:41 AM
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No problem and you're very welcome. Check out Youtube for some footage from Russia as well. The whole situation is pretty mind boggling when you think of all the other ongoing disasters around the world. I am not an end of times kind of person, but one more disaster on this magnitude and I might start to become a believer!



posted on Aug, 7 2010 @ 04:02 AM
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And it isn't news?

How 'bout a nice little drive to the countryside?:




posted on Aug, 7 2010 @ 05:44 AM
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Since google earth doesn't give us real time photos I have to take this with a grain of salt. There may be extensive fires but to conclude from the map or the photos that almost the entire country is engulfed in flame is absurd. It doesn't take a very large fire to envelope a large geographic area in smoke .



posted on Aug, 7 2010 @ 10:23 AM
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Originally posted by sremmos
how come the fires in africa and south america aren't being talked about?

firefly.geog.umd.edu...

to me the huge section of southern Africa that appears to be on fire and the huge area of south america that appears to be on fire seems worse than the russian fires
but that map could be misleading so can someone please explain?
Why are there concentrated giant fires in three regions of the earth at one time?


Good map


Africa looks especially bad.
I am surprised at Saskatchewan, that there is anything burning in the north, it hasn't stopped raining since the snow melted. You wouldn't think lightning would even light, it is so wet. Some of these fires might be very short duration.
You would think more of these fires, such as Africa and South America would get just as much attention, since the larger forests burning down are very important to our earth.

I heard that in Moscow to be outside for a short time, is like smoking several packs of cigs.



posted on Aug, 7 2010 @ 01:15 PM
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let it burn!! twice!



posted on Aug, 7 2010 @ 01:21 PM
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In Canada we get wildfire all across the country every summer. It just so happens most of our northern boarders are not very populated.

IMO fire is the most natural way for nature to "reboot" itself. After such extensive forest fires, A LOT of new, healthy, fresh life will appear in the undergrowth. The ash will make the soil rich.

According to the map. Northern Africa has more wildfire than Russia. How come no one is talking about that?



posted on Aug, 7 2010 @ 01:26 PM
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Each little fire is marked with the same size icon, so its not as bad as it looks.



posted on Aug, 7 2010 @ 01:26 PM
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It looks very bad - there is another thread on ATS and a report of concern that the fires may reach Chernobyl and ignite the ground that still contains radiation. I do hope they are trying to contain the fires where people are in harms way.



posted on Aug, 7 2010 @ 01:36 PM
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Wow, Ukraine is pretty much covered.

It's a shame the American media doesn't pay much attention to this. It seems as if we could care less about foreign incidents unless it involves some US involvement.

Best wishes to Eastern Europe



posted on Aug, 7 2010 @ 01:38 PM
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Related reply: here in Estonia I can see sky covered with thin layer of smog, also I can smell little forest burning stench, this is confirmed throughout our country. Most likely it is from Russia, as high-pressure area of heat is heading towards us from Russia..

Similar visual effect in the sky was after Island volcano eruption..



posted on Aug, 7 2010 @ 01:40 PM
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I love how the news keeps saying "heat wave" here and then in a separate breath, there's the heat wave in Russia and the wild fires. Is there perhaps a heat wave everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere???

I mean, sure it's summer, but this summer has been pretty HOT. So, my question is, if it is record-breaking hot everywhere, then what is the deal?

I was in upstate New York and South Florida for parts of the summer and it's been sweltering in both places. I noticed appliances that keep things cool (a/c, fridges, freezers) are working poorly competing with the heat.



posted on Aug, 7 2010 @ 01:44 PM
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Lotsa smoke.

www.flashearth.com...



posted on Aug, 7 2010 @ 02:08 PM
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The smoke from these fires in Russia and Ukraine must be equivalent to a super volcano eruption ? The smoke is surely going to block out vital sunlight ? Thus will cause this coming winter to be an ICE AGE catagory event ? Be prepared for a very severe winter.

In the southern hemisphere it is presently their winter season. They are experiencing extreme cold and snow in parts where it has never snowed before. The cold is so severe that hundreds have died. Wildlife has died as rivers in Bolivia freezed. So it is today colder in Argentina than it is at the south pole.

What is going on ? We are being affected by a Solar sun spot cycle minimum that is lasting far longer than expected. That is allowing higher levels of Cosmic Ray energy to penetrate the Solar System, thus resulting in greater cloud and fog formation, which then blocks out vital sunlight. Thus temperatures fall.

Another critical factor at work is that the Earths orbit is presently being affected by Jupiter pulling us away from the Sun. It is called the Malenkavich Cycle. It operates over an one hundred thousand year cycle. Plus ocean currents are presently conspiring to cause global cooling over the next thirty years. [url=http://www.iceagenow.com]> Ice Age Now






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