STS048-605-30

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Spacecraft nadir point: 29.8° N, 44.4° E

Photo center point: 29.5° N, 48.0° E

Nadir to Photo Center: East

Spacecraft Altitude: 306 nautical miles (567km)
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S48-605-030: Kuwait fires, 26-->37




The number of oil well fires from the Kuwait Oil Fields (29.5N, 48.0E) set afire by the retreating Iraqi Army during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, has been measurably diminished since the last observation although the smoke plumes were still intact as far south as Qatar. Most of the remaining approximately 300 oil fires are in the two largest fields: Sibirayah, north of Kuwait Bay and the larger Magwas-Burgan-Al Ahmadi field south of Kuwait City.