Satellite Image, Photo of Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico

Tampico, Mexico Winter/Spring 1997. One of the leading seaports in Mexico, the city of Tampico is visible (near the center of the image) in this west-southwest-looking view. Situated on the Gulf Coastal Plain on the Panuco River 5 miles (8 km) from its mouth, Tampico boasts a port with excellent loading facilities and good communications, making it the most modern port in Mexico. Tampico has the largest fishing industries in Mexico, plus oil refineries, boatyards, sawmills, and agricultural crop and livestock facilities. The Panuco River is dredged to keep the harbor facilities open to the Gulf of Mexico (lower portion of image). The city is surrounded inland by swamps and numerous shallow lakes. Tourism is a major industry in Tampico as there are many fine beaches both to the north and south of the city. Oil refineries within the city process over a third of Mexico's oil. Occasionally, Tampico does experience severe hurricanes from the Gulf of Mexico.
Source: NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Por Carlos Solís
Rodeo and Chediski Fires in Arizona

New images of Arizonas Rodeo-Chediski wildfire, which according to news reports is the largest in the states history, have been acquired by NASAs MODIS Airborne Simulator flying aboard the space agencys ER-2 aircraft. The images show the extent of the burn area--now more than 450,000 acres--and pinpoint areas of active burning as of the morning of July 1. In this image, the burned area is at the top in shades of yellow and brown. The very bright yellow regions indicate active fires. The image was acquired during a transit of the ER-2 aircraft from NASAs Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. to Key West Naval Air Facility, Fla. in preparation for an upcoming field experiment.
Source: Image courtesy of MODIS Airborne Simulator ER-2 team, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California

Por Carlos Solís
Fires across Australia East Coast

Multiple fires dotted Australia’s Gold Coast on September 9, 2003. Most of the fires, represented by red squares, follow the green line of ridges that make up the Great Dividing Range along the continent’s southeast coast. In the top right corner, Fraser Island juts into the Coral Sea. Bright blue-green circles to the north are part of the Bunker Group, a coral reef just south of the southern fringes of the Great Barrier Reef.
Source: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Por Carlos Solís