Haze over Eastern China

Haze over Eastern China

3October 2006

Another thick band of haze covered much of the low-lying coastal basin of eastern China on2 October 2006. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite took this picture the same day. The smog extended from the Liaoning region in the northeast to Beijing in the west, and it stretched southwards past the coast bordering the YellowSea. Like the haze that covered the region on 17 September, this smog kept to the coastalplain, away from the Taihang Shan Mountains in the west. Likewise, the haze strayed somewhat from the coast around the YellowSea. In this image, the relatively clear area along the coast provides a view of the underlyingterrain. The tan dots indicate settlements in the otherwise vegetated plain.

2 October  2006

Among the world’s most densely populated areas, China’s Beijing region produces considerable urban and industrial smog. Some of the haze in this image may also result from agricultural fires. Weather patterns can sometimes play a role in trapping pollutants over the region.

(source: EarthObservatory).



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