Series of three Landsat pictures showing Kuwait city and its surroundings before, during and after the burning of the oil wells by Saddam Hussain's troops. The devastation is apparent. The burning oil wells created a smoke cloud several hundred kilometres long which resulted in black rain and black snow in countries as far afield as Turkey, Iran and the Himalayas. It has also caused many chronic respiratory problems for Kuwaitis and an increased risk of cancer. The ground is covered with thick soot and lakes of unburned oil and water, all of which present a continued threat to the local environment.