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Northern China Receives Some Relief from Drought

February 23rd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Rain and snow over Northern China - February 23rd, 2009

Rain and snow over Northern China - February 23rd, 2009

Northern China has been experiencing the worst drought in about fifty years. However, rain and snow over much of the region during the past week has brought some relief.

Since the occurence of the rain and snow, China’s Ministry of Agriculture has reduced the top-level drought emergency warning to a second-class level in a few provinces, reports the BBC.

Other provinces, such as Henan, have not yet received enough precipitation to alleviate the drought.

Beijing received up to 7cm (3in) of snow over much of the city last week, its first winter snowfall. Such a large amount is unusual for Beijing, which, although it experiences cold winters, usually experiences only a light dusting.

On the bottom right, part of the Bohai Gulf of the Yellow Sea is visible. Many sediments, from rivers such as the Hai, have spilled out into the bay.

Beijing, west of the bay, is covered by clouds. Clouds and snow are also visible at the top of the image.

Some of the precipitation may be due in part to cloud-seeding by the government (releasing molecules that produce rain into clouds, in order to articificially create or increase precipitation).

Beijing, China

December 27th, 2008 Category: Snapshots

Beijing, China - December 3rd, 2008

Beijing, China - December 3rd, 2008

Beijing (also formerly known in English as Peking) is a metropolis in northern China and the capital of the People’s Republic of China. It is China’s second largest city, after Shanghai, and a major transportation hub.

Beijing is situated at the northern tip of the roughly triangular North China Plain, which opens to the south and east of the city.

Mountains to the north, northwest and west shield the city and northern China’s agricultural heartland from the encroaching desert steppes.

The northwestern part of the municipality is dominated by the Jundu Mountains, while the western part of the municipality is framed by the Xishan Mountains.

Major rivers flowing through the municipality include the Yongding River and the Chaobai River, part of the Hai River system, and flow in a southerly direction.

source Wikipedia

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