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Smoke Plume from Burning Oil Wells in Southern Iraq
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Smoke Plume from Burning Oil Wells in Southern Iraq

February 20, 2013
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