1. Smoke and fires in northwest India

Smoke and fires in northwest India

Image captured on 9 November 2015 by the MODIS instrument, on board the Aqua satellite.

India Agfires Aqua 9 Nov 2015 Large

Image of smoke and fires in northwest India acquired on 9 November 2015 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensor on board the Aqua satellite. Fires in this area at this time of year are often attributed to agricultural burning, where residue from previous crops are burned and fields are readied for the new growing season that lasts from November to April.

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Sources: Fires and smoke in northwestern India. NASA Earth Observatory.

Last Updated: Aug 25, 2017 at 3:37 PM EDT