Haze over Eastern China

Haze over Eastern China

1 December 2006

Haze clouded the skies over eastern China on November 28, 2006.The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)flying onboard NASA’s Aqua satellite tookthis picture the same day. In this image, dingy gray haze obscures the view ofthe land surface while thick brown sediment clouds the Yellow Sea and Bo Hainear the shore. The haze clings primarily to low-lying coastal areas, whileleaving the skies relatively clear over the Taihang Shan Mountains in the west.Although the skies over the mountains are free of smog, they are filled withclouds. Opaque white clouds also mingle with the haze over the lower elevationsand the water.

28 November  2006

One week before MODIS acquired this image, air pollution registered in the“hazardous” category of the China Environmental Monitoring Center’s index,according to the Reuters news service. Likewise, Voice of America reported thatin the first half of 2006, China’s pollution increased, including a 2.4percent increase in industrial wastewater, and a 4 percent increase in sulfurdioxide, which results from the burning of fossil fuels.

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

(source: EarthObservatory).



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