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Kuwaiti Word A Day
Kuwaiti Word A Day • 46 weeks ago

Oil well fires burn in Kuwait during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. As Iraq pulled out from Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War in 1991, Iraqi troops set fire to some 650 oil wells. The environmental devastation was enormous. This Landsat image, among many others, was crucial for Kuwaiti emergency responders to figure out where the fires were burning and how best to approach them.

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