Oil wells burning in Southern Iraq (afternoon overpass)

Oil wells burning in Southern Iraq (afternoon overpass)
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Repeated dust storms in Iraq (top of most images) and Saudi Arabia (bottom) spread desert sands across the Middle East. The dust obscures the wetlands along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers (green area within Iraq). Red dots indicate fire detections, possibly flares or fires at oil and gas wells. These images were captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra and Aqua satellites in February, March, and April 2003.

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  • Data Date:

    March 21, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    March 21, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
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