Fires in Caspian Lowlands

 Firesin Kazakhstan and Southern Russia

27 July 2005

Large fires were burning across the Caspian depression and along the Volgariver when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)on NASA´s Terra satellite on 26 July 2005 passed over and captured thisimage. 

26 July 2005
07:55 hrs UTC
(Image courtesy MODIS)
True colour: Bands 1-4-3
False colour: Bands 7-2-1

The links provide a500m resolution for both scenes

The fires (red dots) seen in this image are probably related to the harvestof Winter wheat and barley in the agricultural districts of Southern Russiabetween the Caspian and the Black Sea and along the Volga river, as well as tothe steppe fires in the Caspian lowlands of Kazakhstan. Harvest usually startsin June and ends by mid-August, when farmers are burning the crop stubble off recently harvested fields in anticipation of the nextsowing. 

The left  image  is a photo-like image in natural colours, while theright image has been enhanced by including MODIS’ observations of infraredlight. In the false colour scene, vegetation is bright green, clouds are lightblue, and the burned area is magenta. Bright pink indicates areas that wereactively flaming at the time.


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