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Dust Over China, India and Pakistan

35.6N 74.3E

May 21st, 2013 Category: Deserts, Dust Storms, Mountains

China – May 20th, 2013

Airborne dust can be seen along the northern and southern rims of the Taklamakan Desert (above). Across the Himalayas to the southwest, haze, possibly a combination of dust and smoke, can be seen as well as over northern Pakistan and India (lower left quadrant).

Haze Clinging to Slopes of Himalayas, India and Bangladesh

26.0N 85.2E

January 25th, 2013 Category: Clouds

India – January 11th, 2013

Haze clings to the southern slopes of the Himalayas in northern India and spreads southward over the Ganges River in Bangladesh. The tall peaks prevent it from blowing northward into Nepal and China. Likely caused by a combination of smoke and pollutants, the haze is a visible reminder of how air quality in both India and Bangladesh has emerged as a significant problem over the past ten years. Pollution in Calcutta, the third-most populous city in India, has increased by over 11.5 percent, while pollution in Bangalore has increased dramatically, by over 34 percent.

Smoke Over India by Pakistan Border and Gulf of Khambhat

28.5N 71.9E

December 7th, 2012 Category: Fires

India – December 4th, 2012

Smoke from fires in India’s Punjab state spreads eastward along the foot of the Himalayas (upper right quadrant) and westward and southwestward towards Pakistan (left). Partially visible through the veil of smoke, in the lower left quadrant, is the¬†Gulf of Khambhat, famous for its extreme tides.

Smoke Still Spreading Eastward Along Foot of Himalayas, India

26.6N 80.3E

December 5th, 2012 Category: Fires

India – December 3rd, 2012

Smoke from agricultural fires set by farmers in northwestern India to clear land for the biannual growing season creeps along the foot of the Himalayas and spreads eastward. Although the fires have the benefit of eliminating pests that could harm the crops, the smoke also can harm human health, aggravating heart and lung disease. Older adults, children, and people with chronic health conditions are particularly at risk. The smoke may include thousands of compounds, including carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter.

Smoke Over Uttar Pradesh, India

27.5N 80.0E

November 30th, 2012 Category: Fires

India – November 30th, 2012

Smoke hangs along the foot of the Himalayas in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The high mountain peaks prevent it from spreading northward into Nepal and China, although it is free to move eastwards towards Bangaldesh. The smoke is mostly caused by agricultural fires set by farmers to clear land for new crops.