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Dark smoke from Australia fires is circling the Earth, NASA says

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Australia fires smoke circling globe

The unprecedented masses of smoke created by bushfires in Australia returned to their continent of origin after drifting across the Pacific Ocean and circumnavigating the globe, NASA said.

Google Earth images from the agency show the trail of brown smoke as it made its way around the world. According to NASA, the smoke had traveled halfway around the Earth and across South America by Jan. 8.

Fire-induced thunderstorms provided a pathway for the smoke to enter the stratosphere, traveling thousands of miles from Australia and affecting atmospheric conditions on a global scale.


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