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Winter Haze From Himalayas to Mouths of Ganges, India and Bangladesh

25.4N 86.7E

January 12th, 2013 Category: Fires

Bangladesh and India – January 10th, 2013

A thick haze seems to flow along the foot of the Himalayas, spilling across the Indo-Gangetic Plan, over the mouths of the Ganges and over the Bay of Bengal. Haze in this region in common in the winter months, and likely results from a combination of urban and industrial pollution, agricultural fires that have been burning in northern India since late October, and a regional meteorological phenomenon known as a temperature inversion. Temperature inversion occurs when cold air settles over northern India and traps warmer air and pollution closer to the ground Рthe inverse of what occurs normally, with hot air rising and dispersing pollutants.

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