Fire and Smoke in Western Russia on August 4, 2010 [high res]

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    NASA image acquired August 4, 2010

    Intense fires continued to rage in western Russia on August 4, 2010. Burning in dry peat bogs and forests, the fires produced a dense plume of smoke that reached across hundreds of kilometers. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) captured this view of the fires and smoke in three consecutive overpasses on NASA’s Terra satellite. The smooth gray-brown smoke hangs over the Russian landscape, completely obscuring the ground in places. The top image provides a close view of the fires immediately southeast of Moscow, while the lower image shows the full extent of the smoke plume.

    To read more about this image go to: earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=45046

    NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC.

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