NASA Photo ID: STS037-73-047 File Name: 10064049.jpg

Film Type: 70mm Date Taken: 04/11/91

Title: Kuwait Oil Fires, Kuwait


Smoke from the burning oil fields to the north and south of Kuwait City,

seen on the south shore of Kuwayt Bay almost totally obscures the view of

the tiny, but oil rich, nation of Kuwait (29.0N, 48.0E). During the brief

war between Iraq and the Allied forces, many of the oil wells in Kuwait

were destroyed and set afire. For several months, those fires burned out

of control, spewing wind borne smoke and ash for hundreds of miles.