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Snow-Capped Baekdu Mountain, China and North Korea

42.0N 128.0E

May 23rd, 2013 Category: Mountains

China and Korea – May 23rd, 2013

Baekdu Mountain, also known in China as Changbai Mountain and Baitou Mountain, is an active volcanic mountain on the border between North Korea and China. It is visible here by way of its snow-capped peak, near the image center.

At 2,744 m (9,003 ft), it is the highest mountain of the Changbai mountain range to the north and Baekdudaegan mountain range to the south. It is also the highest mountain in the Korean Peninsula and in northeastern China. A large crater lake, called Heaven Lake, is in the caldera atop the mountain.

China Dust Spreads to Japan – March 19th, 2013

38.8N 119.7E

March 19th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

China – March 9th, 2013

Beijing’s air quality deteriorated again as a sandstorm and thick smog added to the problem. The smog and dust also reached across the Bohai Gulf to the Korean Peninsula and then to Japan. Tokyo was blanketed with dust that darkened the skies, rapidly decreasing visibility as dry dust particles whirled through the air.

Meteorologists said the phenomenon was caused by a sudden cold front, and was not linked with the suffocating pollution that hung over the Chinese capital Beijing last winter. Japan and other regional countries, however, have voiced concern about the impact of airborne pollution drifting from their influential neighbor.

The toxic haze that periodically blankets parts of China has been blamed on emissions from coal burning in power stations but also on fumes from vehicles on the traffic-clogged streets of the world’s largest largest auto market.

Haze Over Yangtze River Mouth, China

31.2N 121.4E

March 18th, 2013 Category: Clouds, Sediments

China – March 10th, 2013

Haze that is likely a combination of smog and dust from a dust storm spreading across China hovers over the mouth of the Yangtze River and blows eastward, south of the Korean Peninsula, towards Japan. Partially visible through the haze are sediments from the Yangtze. Sediments and phytoplankton growth also color the waters of the Bohai Sea and Yellow Sea.

Sediments in Bohai Sea and from Yangtze River, China – October 25th, 2012

31.2N 121.4E

October 25th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

China – October 23rd, 2012

Sediments fill the Bohai Sea (upper left quadrant) and line the coast of northeastern China from the Shandong (or Jiaodong) Peninsula (the eastern limite of the Bohai Sea) to near Shanghai and the mouth of the Yangtze River (below). Sediments can also be observed on the right side of the image, framing the west coast of the Korean Peninsula.

Sediments Entering East China Sea – September 8th, 2012

34.3N 123.4E

September 8th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Sediments

China – August 31st, 2012

Visible on the left side of this image are sediments from the Yangtze River entering the East China Sea. A greenish plume extends further out into the sea off the coast – this may be a combination of sediments and phytoplankton, fed by the nutrients in the silt from the river. Sediments can also be seen along the coast of the Korean Peninsula in the upper right quadrant.