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Fires in Southeast China

Fires in Southeast China

A blanket of blue-gray smoke hangs over southeastern China in this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from the Terra satellite on October 21, 2003. Several fires have been detected in the region and are marked with red dots, but the fires are not likely the sole cause of all the smoke. In cooler months, the increased smoke from fires burned to heat homes often hangs over large potions of eastern China.

Image courtesy Jesse Allen, based on data from the MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC