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Fires and Smoke in Northwest India
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Fires and Smoke in Northwest India

February 7, 2013
Agricultural burning is occurring in Northwest India (usually at right) and Pakistan (at left )near the Indus River in October 2002. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on the Aqua satellite detected numerous fires (red dots) burning just east of India’s border with Pakistan (upper left quadrant). The haze in the area is probably not solely due to the fires, however; some of it is likely urban air pollution from several large cities in the region. In the upper right quadrant, the foothills of the Himalayas are deep green, and the peaks are dusted with snow and capped by clouds. Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC