Hazy Skies over Southeast Asia and Southern China

Hazy Skies over Southern China

28 March 2006

Dust and smoke mingled in the skies over Southeast Asia and eastern China on28 March 2006. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flying onboard the Terra satellite took this picture the same day.

28 March 2006
9:05 hrs UTC

(source: EarthObservatory)

In this image, white clouds hang over otherwise smoggy skies. The tiny red dots splattered over the landscape are thermalanomalies, areas where the satellite sensor detected temperatures much warmer than thesurroundings. These thermal anomalies were likely caused by agricultural fires. The yellowish haze near the top of the image may bedust, perhaps from a Gobi Desert dust storm.

The high-resolution image provided above has a spatial resolution of 250 meters perpixel.

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