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Oil Fires in Iraq
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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.