EARTH OBSERVATION SATELLITE CO., LANHAM, MARYLAND / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY EARTH OBSERVATION SATELLITE CO., LANHAM, MARYLAND / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Kuwait City and its surrounding oil fields seen from space. This is the second of three images depicting the oil well fires in Kuwait in 1991. Here, in a Landsat image taken on 28 April 1991, the oil fields are ablaze. The red spots indicate burning oil wells, and a black pall of dense smoke is seen drifting toward the bottom right. The well fires appear concentrated in two areas, corresponding to the Al-Maqwa (top) and Al-Ahmadi oil fields. A few more isolated wells are seen burning at lower left. Over 600 oil wells were set alight by retreating Iraqi troops during the Gulf War earlier in 1991.
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