Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
In southwestern Russia, snow has retreated from the brown landscape, and farmers are preparing land for the spring planting. This Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from March 31, 2003, shows scattered fires marked with red dots. Fires are concentrated in the fan-shaped Volga River Delta at right and all along the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains at bottom). Ice persists in the northeastern corner of the Caspian Sea (right edge), while ice-free coastal waters swirl with colors that indicate a bloom of aquatic plant life.
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