Oil Fires in Iraq • Earth.com

Last update: June 26th, 2019 at 8:00 pm

On Friday, April 4, 2003, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) captured this image of dark black oil smoke hanging over Baghdad in central Iraq. The smoke is coming from oil-filled trenches that have been set on fire. North of center (see high resolution scene), a thermal anomaly detection (marked with a red dot) and smoke are visible as well. The source of that anomaly is unknown.

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

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