Fires in South Central Russia • Earth.com

Last update: September 15th, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Separated by a ridge of mountains, the Ob and Yenisey Rivers of south-central Russia flow northward toward the Arctic Ocean. On April 24, 2007, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of scores of fires burning in the area around these two rivers. Snow still blankets the peaks of the Altay Mountains in the south, but the lowlands are free of snow. These fires are probably agricultural fires that people have set to prepare land for the upcoming growing season.

Credit: NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center.

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