Smoke Plume from Burning Oil Wells in Southern Iraq • Earth.com

Last update: June 26th, 2019 at 12:46 pm

On Saturday, March 22, 2003, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite captured this image of probable oil fires in southern Iraq producing plumes of black smoke that trailed southwestward over the deserts of Saudi Arabia. Thermal signatures are marked with red dots.

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

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