Agricultural burning continues in Northwest India near the Indus River on October 20, 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.
Active fire detections in India near the fertile lands near the Indus River probably signify seasonal agricultural burning. These images were captured in mid-October 2002 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer.