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Guangzhou and Sediments in Qiongzhou Strait, China – January 8th, 2011

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January 8th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

China - December 27th, 2010

The large, grey urban area in the upper right quadrant includes the city of Guangzhou, the capital of the Guangdong province in the People’s Republic of China. It is located in southern China on the Pearl River, about 120 km (75 mi) northwest of Hong Kong.

Sediments can be see along the coast and in the Qiongzhou Strait, also called Hainan Strait. The strait is a body of water that separates the Leizhou Peninsula in Guangdong, southern China, to the north from Hainan Island to its south.

Pearl River Estuary, China

December 24th, 2008 Category: Rivers

Pearl River, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, China - December 11th, 2008

Pearl River, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, China - December 11th, 2008

The large body of water is the Pearl River Estuary in China, where the Pearl River  (Zhujiang River) flows into the South China Sea.

The east coast of the estuary appears white and is heavily populated, while the west coast has more agriculture.

Many ships can be seen moving  in and out of the estuary, and up and down the river.

Moving northward up the Pearl River in the full image, the city of Guangzhou (Canton) is easily seen. It is the third most populous metropolitan area in mainland China, and thus appears as a sprawling, bright white area.

Upon opening the full image, the peninsula of Macau, formed by the Pearl River  estuary on the east and the Xijiang (West River) on the west, can be seen. It is highly populated and has no agriculture, pastures nor forests.

Finally, part of Hong Kong is visible on the bottom right of the full image. It is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, even more so than Guangzhou and Macau, and thus seen as bright white by the radar.

To see a color image of this region from a previous article, please click  here.

Hong Kong – December 8th, 2008

December 8th, 2008 Category: Image of the day

Hong Kong, China - November 11th, 2008

Hong Kong, China - November 11th, 2008

In this image we can see part of the Pearl River Delta, on China’s southern coast. There is a slight algal bloom along the shoreline, as well as some interesting cloud patterns coming from an area of convection further south in the South China Sea.

We can also see Hong Kong, Macau and Guangzhou. Guangzhou can be seen as the large area with little vegetation on the center left, while Hong Kong is a nearby island and Macau a peninsula.

Hong Kong is a territory that borders Guangdong province in the north and faces the South China Sea in the east, west and south. It has a population of 6.9 million people, and is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

Beginning as a trading port, Hong Kong became a dependent territory of the United Kingdom in 1842, and remained so until the transfer of its sovereignty to the People’s Republic of China in 1997. Along with Macau, Hong Kong is one of two special administrative regions and is not considered as part of mainland China.

The territory’s 1,104 km2 (426 sq mi) land area consists primarily of Hong Kong Island, Lantau Island, Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories as well as some 260 other islands.

As much of Hong Kong’s terrain is hilly to mountainous with steep slopes, less than only 25% of the territory’s landmass is developed, and about 40% of the remaining land area is reserved as country parks and nature reserves.
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