View Full Version : MODIS: Fires Around Lake Baikal, Russia

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12-06-03, 03:18
Fires are burning in a variety of ecosystems surrounding southern Russia's Lake Baikal in this true-color Aqua MODIS image acquired on June 9, 2003. The ecosystems include mature spruce forests, cedar forests, and mixed-variety forests. For months, smoke from these fires has been streaming across eastern Russia and China, out over the Pacific Ocean, and as far around the world as eastern Canada and the United States. The smoke appears bluish-gray in color, and individual smoke plumes can be seen coming from individual fires before rising high into the atmosphere.

Where it's visible, Lake Baikal appears dark sapphire blue (middle image right). Surrounding Baikal on the northeastern edge are the snow-covered Akitkan (west) and Yuzhno-Muyskiy (east) Mountains. South of the lake is Mongolia. West of the lake is Bratskoye Vodokhranilishche, a lake fed at north and emptied at south by the Argara River. Where not covered by grayish smoke or white clouds, the land shows the gorgeous green of spring.


Copyright 2003 NASA

12-06-03, 09:55
Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world, with freshwater seals. It's ecosystem is exceptionally unique and the Russians hired a friend of mine, Dan Plumley, to help them set up a national park there.

[ 12. June 2003, 10:57: Message edited by: gonga ]

12-06-03, 17:04
Hi tlr. Thanks for all these posts. It's good to keep up on current events that don't get as much media coverage. It's a shame that there is so much destruction going on to the environment. I know some people think that there is no such thing as global warming, they just filter out all the evidence and listen to the "moral majority" who claim that it's really nothing to worry about. These are the kinds of headlines that should be on the news, instead of the run-around polotics that surround everything else they air. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

[ 12. June 2003, 18:08: Message edited by: Isabella ]