Fires burned along the Volga River, not far from Nizhniy Novgorod, in early July 2010. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on July 2, 2010. Red outlines indicate unusually warm surface temperatures associated with fires, and a thick plume of smoke blows from a cluster of fires toward the northwest. Farther away from the flames, the smoke thins and moves in different directions, apparently driven by changing winds. The fires burn in a marshy area along the Volga. Vegetation, appearing in varied shades of green, carpets the area.
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