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Mishraq Sulfur Plant Fire near Mosul, Iraq

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This series of daily true-color images were taken by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite over Iraq from October 18 through October 25, 2016. The very dark smoke is from oil wells that have been burning since early July. The Mishraq Sulfur Plant was set ablaze on October 21, resulting in the white smoke north of the dark oil smoke.

True-color imagery is created by combining data from VIIRS's color channels sensitive to the red, green and blue (or RGB) wavelengths of light. In addition, several other channels are often also included to cancel out atmospheric interference, such as clouds and aerosols, which can cause a blurry picture.

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Courtesy of NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory