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Intense Dust Storm Over China – March 9th, 2013

March 9th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

China – March 9th, 2013

Thick dust blows over China, from the Mongolian border to China’s northeastern plains, where it meets a grey haze. Dust storms are among the region’s leading natural hazards. Much of the dust visible here may originate in the Badain Jaran and Tengger Deserts, two large interconnected deserts whose tall sand dunes are covered by the airborn particles.

Haze Near Bohai Sea, China

36.4N 118.8E

November 30th, 2012 Category: Sediments

China – November 29th, 2012

A blanket of haze covers up much of the North China Plain. Here, the haze clears slightly as one approaches the shores of the Bohai Sea (upper right quadrant) and the coastline near the mouth of the Yangtze River (lower right quadrant). Both areas of shoreline are framed by tan sediments.

Sediments Off Coast of China and Haze Over North China Plain

38.8N 119.7E

November 20th, 2012 Category: Sediments

China – November 19th, 2012

Sediments can be seen along the coast of China, particularly by the mouth of the Yangtze River by Shanghai (lower right quadrant) and in the Bohai Sea (upper right quadrant), particularly in Bohai Bay (southwest) and Laizhou Bay (southeast). Meanwhile, to the southwest, a thick haze hangs over the North China Plain, almost completely obscuring the ground below.

Haze Over China

30.9N 110.2E

March 14th, 2012 Category: Clouds

China - January 6th, 2012

This image shows a greyish veil of haze, perhaps mixed with some fog, over eastern China. The low-lying haze seeps into mountain valleys along the edge of the North China Plain, leaving the dark brown peaks clear. Such haze is common over the North China Plain, caused by a variety of factors ranging from smoke from agricultural fires, to smog released into the atmosphere in urban areas, to the presence of cyclones in the Pacific Ocean to the east.

Haze Over Northeastern China Near Bohai Sea

37.4N 117.4E

January 25th, 2012 Category: Mountains

China - January 6th, 2012

This image shows dense smog hanging over the North China Plain, completely obscuring much of the ground below. The haze probably contains mostly soot or black carbon and possibly some ground-level ozone. Smog frequently builds up in this way in northeastern China during the winter, because weather conditions trap pollutants over the plain. Here, the haze is also trapped in the area by the surrounding mountains.

The North China Plain is bordered on the north by the Yanshan Mountains and on the west by the Taihang Mountains at the edge of the Shanxi (‘western mountains’) plateau. To the south, it merges into the Yangtze Plain. From northeast to southeast, it fronts the Bohai Gulf (partially visible through the haze at the right edge), the highlands of Shandong Peninsula, and the Yellow Sea.