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Sichuan Basin and Hazy Skies Over China

32.4N 105.8E

May 10th, 2010 Category: Dust Storms, Mountains

China - April 28th, 2010

China - April 28th, 2010

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.

The Fertile Green of the Sichuan Basin, China

May 4th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Sichuan Basin, China - April 14th, 2009

Sichuan Basin, China - April 14th, 2009

The Sichuan basin, the large, flat, dark green area near the center 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.

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. It consists of low hills and alluvial plains, and several major rivers flow into the Yangtze River, which passes through the southern part of the basin.

The seismically active Longmenshan Fault, which caused the catastrophic 2008 Sichuan earthquake, runs along the western boundary of the basin, separating it from the Tibetan plateau to the west.

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