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Fires Near the Aral Sea

Fires Near the Aral Sea

On April 3, 2003, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite detected numerous fires (red dots) burning along the Sydar’ya River in Kazakhstan (upper right) and the Amudar’ya River in northwestern Uzbekistan (left). At bottom left is Turkmenistan. At upper left is the Aral Sea.

The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at MODIS’ maximum spatial resolution of 250 meters.

Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC