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Fires in Southeast Asia

Fires in Southeast Asia

On February 7, 2005, scattered fires were burning across Southeast Asia. The fires were detected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite, and their locations have been marked in red in this image. South of image center the sediment-filled Tônlé Sap is surrounded by a border of deep green, wetland vegetation. Small clouds create white speckles through the center of the scene. The densest concentration of fires is located to the northeast of Tônlé Sap in Cambodia. Other prominent clusters of fires appear to the north in Laos. In the lower left quadrant of the scene, the deep blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand and the Indian Ocean (left edge) are brightened by smoke.

The high-resolution image provided above is at a spatial resolution of 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at additional resolutions.

Image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center