Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Fire on Earth [from year 2000]
Posted on 08/31/2013 9:14:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Sometimes, regions of planet Earth light up with fire. Since fire is the rapid acquisition of oxygen, and since oxygen is a key indicator of life, fire on any planet would be an indicator of life on that planet. Most of the Earth's land has been scorched by fire at some time in the past. Although causing many a tragedy, for many places on Earth fire is considered part of a natural ecosystem cycle. Large forest fires on Earth are usually caused by lightning and can be visible from orbit. Above, in the year 2000, stunned elk avoid a fire sweeping through Montana's Bitterroot Valley by standing in a river.
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Filthy, stinkin’ pyromaniac elk! They are Smokey The Bear’s arch enemies.
“Oh, we’re just standing here in the water cooling our toes. We weren’t setting fires or anything.”
Frisk ‘em and I’ll bet you find a box of matches. They spray paint freight cars, too.
Oxygen is a key indicator of life on Earth. We have no idea at all whether or not it is an indicator of life on other planets.
Great, now who’s gonna’ pay for those elks therapy?
Lots of Oxygen on mars. It just happens to be bonded to iron.
Ah, the “Portraits from Hell” series by Thomas Kinkade.
I suspect islamists set a lot of these fires around the country. A book of matches is a very cheap weapon ‘mongst a confused populace.
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