Sichuan Basin and Hazy Skies Over China32.4N 105.8E
The Sichuan Basin (lower half of the image) is a lowland region in southwestern China. It comprises the central and eastern parts of Sichuan province, as well as Chongqing Municipality (which itself was, until 1997, part of Sichuan). Due to its relative flatness and fertile grounds, it is heavily populated with a population of more than 100 million.
The Sichuan Basin is framed by mountains on all sides, such the Qionglai Range in the west, Longmen Mountains in the northwest, and the Daba in the northeast. The Yangtze, flowing from the Sichuan Basin into the eastern China, passes through the Three Gorges in the Wu Mountains.
Here, parts of the basin look veiled and hazy. The tannish patches towards the bottom are dust from the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, a relatively dry, desert-like area to the north.