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Haze Continues to Spread Over Northeastern China and Bohai Sea

38.4N 116.9E

October 5th, 2012 Category: Fires

China – October 3rd, 2012

Haze continues to hang in the air over northeastern China, now spreading also over most of the Bohai Sea (right). Haze is common in this region, often caused by one or more of the following factors: wildfires or agricultural fires, people relying on coal for electricity and heat, and dust blowing in from the east.

Thick Haze Over Northeastern China – October 2nd, 2012

36.5N 119.5E

October 2nd, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Rivers

China – October 1st, 2012

A thick haze, likely caused by fires or smog, hangs over northeastern China. The haze is thickest further inland, but winds carry it in an arch over the Bohai Sea (above) and over the mouth of the Yangtze River (lower right). Sediments can be viewed both in the gulf and pouring out from the rivermouth.

Haze and Smoke from China to Russia

41.5N 126.3E

May 19th, 2012 Category: Fires

China - May 19th, 2012

In this image, a hazy veil stretches from northeastern China and the Bohai Sea (lower left), across the northern part of the Korean peninsula, to eastern Russia (top right). This haze may be caused by smog, as is often the case over northeastern China, or by wildfires currently ablaze in Russia, or a combination of the two.

Haze Over China

30.9N 110.2E

March 14th, 2012 Category: Clouds

China - January 6th, 2012

This image shows a greyish veil of haze, perhaps mixed with some fog, over eastern China. The low-lying haze seeps into mountain valleys along the edge of the North China Plain, leaving the dark brown peaks clear. Such haze is common over the North China Plain, caused by a variety of factors ranging from smoke from agricultural fires, to smog released into the atmosphere in urban areas, to the presence of cyclones in the Pacific Ocean to the east.

Haze Over Skies in Eastern China

35.3N 116.8E

October 21st, 2011 Category: Clouds

China - October 21st, 2011

Haze has been shrouding the skies over eastern China for the last ten days. It remains mostly confined to the eastern coastal plains, as high mountains prevent it from spreading further westward.

Although agricultural fires probably play a role in the formation of the haze, it more likely results from urban and industrial pollution in this densely populated area.