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Haze Over China and Sediments in East China Sea

31.2N 121.4E

April 1st, 2012 Category: Sediments

China - March 31st, 2012

Haze hangs over northeastern China (left), the Bohai Sea (upper left quadrant) and the East China Sea (lower right quadrant), spreading towards but not quite reaching the Korean Peninsula (upper right quadrant). Visible through the haze are sediments spilling forth from the mouth of the Yangtze River, the longest river in China, near Shanghai, into the East China Sea. The sediments in the Bohai Sea, to the north, come mostly from the Yellow River (Huang He), the second-longest river in the country.

Northern Loop of Yellow River South of Lang Shan Range, China

38.2N 103.9E

May 11th, 2010 Category: Mountains, Rivers

China - April 28th, 2010

China - April 28th, 2010

Here, the northern loop of the Yellow River (Huang He) can be observed as it flows across Inner Mongolia, China. The place where the river curves, near the image center, is part of the district of Linhe, under the administration of Baynnur, south of the Lang Shan Range (visible parallel to the river).

The Yellow River is the second longest river in China and the cradle of Chinese civilization as the Nile is cradle of Egyptian civilization. It originates in Tibet—like the Yangtze, China’s largest river, and the Mekong River—and gets nearly 45 percent of its water from glaciers and vast underground springs of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau.

From Tibet it flows for 5,464 kilometers (about 3,400 miles) through Qinghai, Gansu, Ningxia, Inner Mongolia, the border of Shaanxi and Shanxi, Henan and Shandong before it empties into Bo Hai Gulf in the Yellow Sea.

It is slow and sluggish along most of its course and some regard it as the world’s muddiest major river, discharging three times the sediment of the Mississippi River. It gets its name and color from the yellow silt it picks up in the Shaanxi Loess Plateau .

The Yellow River is a vital to making northern China inhabitable. It supplies water to 155 million people, or 12 percent of the Chinese population, and irrigates 18 million acres—15 percent of China’s farmland. More than 400 million people live in the Yellow River basin. Agricultural societies appeared on its banks more than 7,000 years ago.

Sand Dunes Near Qinghai Lake and Longyang Xia Reservoir, China – October 8th, 2009

36.7N 100.2E

October 8th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

China - August 31st, 2009

China - August 31st, 2009

The large, saline Qinghai Lake (upper left) is situated to the northwest of the smaller, curved Longyang Xia Reservoir, both in the province of Qinghai, China.

While the former is a natural lake located at 3,205 m (10,515 feet) above sea level in a depression of the Tibetan Plateau, the latter is artificial, created by a dam on the Huang He (Yellow River).

The golden tan area southeast of the reservoir is a large field of sand dunes, surrounded by agriculture despite the aridity of the region.

Lakes in Qinghai Province, China – September 23rd, 2009

September 23rd, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

China - August 31st, 2009

China - August 31st, 2009

Several lakes can be seen here in China’s Qinghai Province, located on the northeastern part of the Tibetan Plateau. The three largest are, from left to right, Zaling Lake, Eling Lake and Donggei Cuona Lake.

The Duoqu River, a tributary of the Huang He (Yellow River) passes below Zaling and Eling Lakes on its way to the two rivers’ confluence further east. The Yellow River, visible in the full image below Donggei Cuona Lake, originates in the middle of the province.

Some golden green sediments can be noted along the southern shores of Zaling and Eling Lakes, while Donngei Cuona Lake appears mostly clear.