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Cloud Streets and Hazy Skies by Hainan Island, China

19.3N 109.8E

March 19th, 2010 Category: Clouds

China - March 5th, 2010

China - March 5th, 2010

Hainan Island (Hainan Dao) comprises all but three percent of the land mass of Hainan Province, China, despite the fact that the province includes some two hundred islands scattered among three archipelagos off the southern coast.

Hainan Island is located in the South China Sea, separated from Guangdong’s Leizhou Peninsula to the north by a shallow and narrow strait. To the west of Hainan is the Gulf of Tonkin. Hainan Dao has an area of 33,920 square kilometers and is China’s southernmost and smallest province. Wuzhi Mountain (1,876 m) is the highest point on the island.

Much of the land and water visible here appear hazy due to smoke from hundreds of fires blazing across Southeast Asia at the time the image was taken. Some clouds hug the southern coast of the island and reach across the sea in parallel rows, a phenomenon known as cloud streets.

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