Eastern Mongolia (before fire, false color)
Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
This false-color Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image shows no sign of the extensive burn scar that covers Eastern Mongolia in later images. The light blue cloud that covers a portion of the area south of the lake, Buyr Nuur, is probably a cloud, not smoke since MODIS did not detect a fire in the area. Light green indicates the presence of vegetation where the burn scar appears in images taken on October 23, 2003. The soil is pink and water is dark blue.