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Haze Over North China Plain by Bohai Sea

37.6N 117.0E

December 19th, 2011 Category: Clouds, Mountains, Sediments

China - December 18th, 2011

A thick fog or haze hangs over the North China Plain and in the valleys of the mountains and hills bordering it. The largest alluvial plain of eastern Asia, it 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, the highlands of Shandong Peninsula, and the Yellow Sea. The Yellow River flows through the middle of the plain into Bohai Gulf. Here, both the gulf and sediments from the river are partially visible through the haze.


Smoke Near Yellow Sea from Fires in China

35.1N 119.2E

November 4th, 2010 Category: Fires

Smoke from Fires in China - November 3rd, 2010

The upper right quadrant of this image appears hazy due to smoke from fires burning in Eastern China, across the North China Plain. Upon opening the full image, this cloud of smoke can be seen further northward as well.

The body of water partially visible along the right edge is the Yellow Sea. Fittingly, yellowish sediments line the shores. Further inland, multiple ridges of hills and mountains can be observed to the west.

Thick Smoke Obscures View of Chinese Landscape and Bohai Sea – October 23rd, 2010

38.3N 116.2E

October 23rd, 2010 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Fires in China - October 13th, 2010

The thick cloud of smoke covering most of this image was created by fires burning in Eastern China, across the North China Plain. Mountains keep the smoke from moving further to the west and north.

The thick smoke makes it difficult to see the Bohai Sea, at the center right. Upon opening the full image, however, it is possible to see a bit of the landscape below the smoke. The features that stand out are rivers, including the Yellow River (Huang He), which can be seen reaching the Bohai Sea.

Thick Smoke Over Eastern China – October 9th, 2010

39.1N 116.4E

October 9th, 2010 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Fires in China - October 8th, 2010

A thick cloud of grey smoke fills the skies over eastern China, reaching off coast and over the Yellow Sea. In the full image, the smoke can be seen extending further northward, beyond the sea.

The smoke is being released from fires that have been burning across the North China Plain over the last few days. As the plain is typically an agricultural area, it is likely that these fires were set by farmers in order to clear land.

Tangshan and the Caofeidian New Area by Bohai Bay, China

39.6N 118.1E

December 19th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

China - December 1st, 2009

China - December 1st, 2009

The city of Tangshan, visible in the upper left corner of this orthorectified image, is located in China’s Hebei Province in the central section of Bohai Sea Gulf region. The city is situated on the North China Plain between the Bohai Sea in the south and the Yanshan Mountains in the north.

South of the city is Bohai Bay, one of the three bays forming the Bohai Sea, the innermost gulf of the Yellow Sea. There are several oil fields located offshore in the Bohai Bay, and many ships can be seen as white dots in the bay’s waters.

Extending offshore below the center of the image is the Caofeidian New Area, once an island and now a land reclamation converted economic development zone. Under the jurisdiction of Tangshan and 80 km from the city’s center, the area spans 60 sq km and is expected to have a population of 300 000 by 2010.