Oil fires and dust in the Middle East

Oil fires and dust in the Middle East
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

On Monday, March 31, 2003, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite captured this image of the Middle East. In the center of the image, several thermal detections were made by MODIS in and around Baghdad and are marked with red dots. The dark plumes of smoke associated with the hot spots suggest they are oil fires. Meanwhile, to the south, dust once again is blowing over southern Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the Persian Gulf.

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  • Data Date:

    March 31, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    March 31, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration