Lying between the Himalaya Range in the northeast and the Pir Panjal Range in the southwest, the Vale of Kashmir is an intermontane valley that houses a substantial portion of Kashmirs population. In early December 2008, haze neatly filled this valley, leaving skies clear over the surrounding snowcapped peaks. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Terra satellite captured this image. In this shot, the haze appears dull gray, darker than the pristine nearby snow. The haze may have resulted from a combination of smoke from agricultural fires and urban smog.