Widlfires and Haze over Borneo
As the Aqua satellite passed over the island of Borneo on October 17, 2002, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer captured this true-color image and detected numerous fires (red dots) through the thick smoke. Fire is a major source of air pollution in the region, and its use as a land management tool continues to pose problems for regional air quality. According to news reports, the region's air pollution index climbed dangerously close to unhealthy levels this week.
This image originally appeared on the Earth Observatory. Click here to view the full, original record.