Oil and Sulfur Smoke in Iraq • Earth.com Oil and Sulfur Smoke in Iraq

Last update: December 6th, 2019 at 8:00 am

Oil and Sulfur Smoke in Iraq. A fire burning at an industrial sulfur processing facility in northern Iraq at the junction of the Tigris (flowing in from North) and Great Zab (northeast) Rivers billowed white smoke over Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries beginning on June 25, 2003. The fire continued to burn for two weeks, spreading the sulfur-containing smoke over a wide area.

According to local media reports, the smoke was responsible for crop damage and other environmental problems as well as respiratory distress among people in the area. This image of the white smoke hanging over the region was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite on June 29, 2003

The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at MODIS? maximum spatial resolution of 250 meters. Oil and Sulfur Smoke in Iraq cover the area as seen in image above. The fires continue to burn weeks, causing major smoke damage. Also the smoke was so bad. Therefore image of smoke. Also the image of the crop damage taken by MODIS RAPID.

Credit: Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC

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