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25-10-04, 23:09
Deep red burn scars are spread across the autumn landscape of northeastern China and southeastern Russia in this false-color image acquired by the Aqua MODIS instrument on October 17, 2004. The Amur River (called Heilong Jiang in Chinese) creates the boundary between the two nations, with China in the southwest portion of the scene, and Russia to the northeast. Underneath the false-color image is a true-color version of the scene, which can be seen by moving the cursor of the mouse over the image. This true-color image better shows the smoke from the fires streaming up into the atmosphere and then to the southeast toward the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

Numerous fires were burning at the time of the image, and have been marked with red dots. This false-color image makes burned land stand out in shades of deep reddish brown, while vegetation is in shades of green, smoke in light blue, snow (on the mountains in the top right) in bright blue, naturally bare soil in pink or light red, and water on the ground in dark blue.