How Much Land Has Burned In Australia

The series of massive bushfires across Australia has been such an apocalyptic natural disaster (with more than five hundred million animals and plants killed), it can be difficult to perceive the whole scale of the natural disaster. According to the Telegraph, as of January 2, about 6 million hectares of land have been fired in Australia. For perspective, that's more land than the Netherlands and Denmark - and the smoke produced by the bushfires has stretched even more.

Neil Kaye showed the absolute scale of the disaster by overlapping it on top of a map of Europe.

How Much Land Has Burned In Australia

Area of land burnt in Australia compared to the size of Ireland
Area of land burnt in Australia compared to the size of Ireland

Visualization of land burnt in Australia and the area of smoke coverage
Visualization of land burnt in Australia and the area of smoke coverage

3D visualization of the fires in Australia
3D visualization of the fires in Australia
NASA satellite data. Credit: Anthony Hearsey
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Ecoclimax is defined by Odum (1969) as the culmination state after a succession in a stabilized ecosystem in which maximum biomass (or high information content) and symbiotic function among organisms is kept per unit of available energy flow.