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Haze Over Eastern China

31.2N 121.4E

August 19th, 2011 Category: Sediments

China - August 14th, 2011

Haze fills the skies over eastern China, obscuring the coastline and the view of cities, such as Shanghai, below. Partially visible below the haze, however, are sediments from rivers such as the Yangtze and Qiantang spilling into the East China Sea.

This haze set in after Tropical Storm Muifa made landfall and subsequently dissipated, stretching over the coastal plain from Beijing southward, and over parts of Bo Hai and the Yellow Sea. The haze might actually be an after-effect of Muifa, as tropical storms can block air currents and thus trap haze.

Sediments Along East China Coast Near Shanghai – April 28th, 2011

31.2N 121.4E

April 28th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

China - April 17th, 2011

Dense tan sediments are released into the East China Sea near Shanghai from rivers such as the Yangtze (above) and Qiantang (below). In the full image, differences in color within the sediments show the direction of ocean currents.

Visible in great detail in the full image are cities on the coastal plain, including Shanghai (bottom center). The large bay south of the city is Hangzhou Bay, the terminus of the Qiantang River.

Sediments from Yangtze and Qiantang Rivers in China – April 5th, 2011

30.2N 120.1E

April 5th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers, Sediments

China - March 30th, 2011

Sediments from the Yangtze (above) and Qiantang (below) Rivers flow into the East China Sea near Shanghai. The large bay at the mouth of the latter is Hangzhou Bay.

The rivers release a dense load of sediments that color the sea waters opaque tan. Further east, the sediments take on a greenish paisley pattern as they follow the currents and mix with the ocean water.

To the west, near the left edge of the image, is Taihu Lake (literally “Grand Lake”), is a large lake in the Yangtze Delta plain. With an area of 2,250 kmĀ² and an average depth of 2 metres, it is the third largest freshwater lake in China.