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Smoke Veiling Western Half of India

14.6N 74.7E

December 10th, 2012 Category: Fires

India – December 2nd, 2012

Farmers in the Indian state of Punjab have been using fire to clear the fields of weeds and residue from previous years’ crops and to add nutrients to the soil. Here, the smoke can be seen spreading southward and veiling most of the western half of the country.

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.

Smoke from Indian Fires Spreads into Pakistan

27.2N 70.0E

November 12th, 2012 Category: Fires

India and Pakistan – November 10th, 2012

As the Indian state of Punjab entered its November growing season, farmers lit fires to fields to clear them for planting. As the fires released thick smoke into the air, it spread to neighboring countries, including Pakistan (left). Other factors such as urban and industrial smog may also be constributing to the smoke.

Agricultural Fires Continue to Create Thick Smoke Cloud Over Northern India – November 10th, 2012

28.6N 77.2E

November 10th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

India and Pakistan – November 8th, 2012

Hundreds of fires across over 250 kilometers (150 miles) from east to west in northern India release a thick cloud of smoke that covers the Punjab state and cities such as Delhi. The fires are mostly agricultural in nature, in order to clear fields for planting, clearing out some pests that eat crops and turning the previous growing season’s crop residues into fertilizing ash. However, the smoke can also be very harmful to human health, aggravating heart and lung disease, particularly in children and the elderly.

Smoke Over Northwestern India Continues to Thicken

31.1N 75.3E

November 9th, 2012 Category: Fires

India and Pakistan – November 8th, 2012

An extremely thick cloud of smoke continues to emanate from hundreds of agricultural fires in the state of Punjab, India. The smoke collects south of the Himalayas, completely obscuring the ground below. Although the smoke appears to originate mostly from agricultural fires, it is possible that factors such as urban and industrial smog also be contributing to the thick haze over the region.

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