Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
This Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from May 1, 2003, shows southeastern China (top), North Korea (center) and South Korea (bottom). The higher elevations and more northern latitudes are lagging behind the new growth of spring vegetation visible across South Korea. Large areas of North Korea, especially the western coast, are deforested, probably contributing to the large volumes of sediment run-off swirling in the coastal waters. A few scattered fires have been marked with red dots.
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