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Fires in Russia 

11  March  2003 

Latest Satellite Image  from Russia :

Fires in Southwest Russia
As winter snow is retreating, fires are springing to life insouthwestern Russia. Fires are likely being set to prepare land for springtimeagricultural activities. This ModerateResolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from 02 March 2003, showsfires (red dots) detected by the MODIS on the Aquasatellite. Fires are burning in the Volga River Delta (right of center) at thenorthwest corner of the Caspian Sea. To the west, near the Sea of Azov (filledwith ice at center left) and the Black Sea (bottom left) more fires are burning.Two additional fires were detected at the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains,which separate Russia from Georgia. At upper left is Ukraine; at upper right isKazakhstan.  The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters perpixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at MODIS’ maximumspatial resolution of 250meters.

Source:NASA/ EO

Fires in Eastern Russia
While snow still blankets eastern Russia (right) and China (left) andice still fills inlets, bays, and lakes such as Lake Khanka (center), a fewfires (red dots) indicate that farmers in the region may be thinking of spring,and are using fire to clear the land for planting or to renew pasture. Thisimage is from the ModerateResolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aquasatellite on 05 March  2003.  The high-resolution image provided aboveis 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image atMODIS’ maximum spatial resolution of 250meters.

Source:NASA/ EO

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