Fires, Smoke, and Burn Scars in Northern China and Eastern Russia •

Last update: December 6th, 2019 at 6:00 am

Deep red burn scars are spread across the autumn landscape of northeastern China and southeastern Russia in this image made from data collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on October 17, 2004. The Amur River (called Heilong Jiang in Chinese) creates the boundary between the two nations, with China in the southwest portion of the scene, and Russia to the northeast.

Numerous fires were burning at the time of the image, and have been marked with red dots. The false-color image combines short-wave infrared energy detected by MODIS with visible light to make burned land stand out. Vegetation is in shades of green, burned area is deep reddish brown, smoke is light blue, snow on the mountains in the top right is bright blue, naturally bare soil is pinkish or light red, and water on the ground is dark blue.

Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

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