Fires in Kazakhstan

Spring in Kazakhstan

2 April 2008


Spring was clearly settling over southern Kazakhstan by 30 March 2008, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image. The snow had disappeared everywhere except for the peaks of the Borohoro Mountains, and the ice encapsulating Lake Balqash (Balkhash) had started to break up, uncovering the lake’s gem-colored aquamarine water.

AQUA
30 March 2008


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(source: earth observatory)

Fires, represented by red dots, burned in farmland along the rivers where farmers were likely clearing the land for spring planting. Strong wind pulled faint plumes of smoke from some of the largest fires. The west-blowing wind was also sending clouds of dust scuttling from bare patches of earth in the east across the Saryesik-Atyraū Desert south of Lake Balqash.


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