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Smoke Hugging the Southern Slopes of the Himalayas, India – November 13th, 2012

27.3N 78.9E

November 13th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

India – November 10th, 2012

Smoke from fires in the state of Punjab continues to spread across northern India and into Pakistan (left) and Bangladesh. Although Punjab comprises only about 1.6 percent of India’s land surface, about one-fifth of India’s wheat is grown there. Farmers set fires to clear fields for planting, killing off crop-eating pests and turning organic crop residues from the previous season into fertilizing ash.

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