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Dust Storm Shrouds Eastern China

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March 23rd, 2010 Category: Dust Storms

Dust Storm in China - March 22nd, 2010

Dust Storm in China - March 22nd, 2010

Beijing has been shrouded in orange dust as a strong sandstorm blew hundreds of miles from drought-struck northern China to the nation’s capital. Authorities have issued a level-five pollution warning and urged people to stay indoors.

Here, the dust can be seen veiling mainland China, while offshore thick sediments are released into the Bohai Sea (above) and the Yellow Sea (below).

The storm has already caused havoc in Xinjiang, Shanxi, Shaanxi and Hebei regions and is heading to South Korea (visible to the right upon opening the full image). Residents of the South Korean capital, Seoul, as well as those in central and western regions, have been advised to stay indoors.

By Saturday, the storm had spread over an area of 810,000 sq km (313,000 sq miles) with a population of 250 million, state news agency Xinhua reported. It was expected to last until Monday, the meteorological agency said in a statement on its website.

The head of Beijing’s meteorological agency said the storm came from the deserts of Inner Mongolia. Beijing has long-suffered from sandstorms – experts say the storms are, in part, caused by deforestation and the rapid expansion of urban areas in recent decades.

Qinling Mountains and Wei Valley, China

March 18th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

China - March 16th, 2009

China - March 16th, 2009

A green valley is nestled between brown mountains in China’s Shaanxi Province. It is called the Wei Valley, and is part of the Guanzhong Plain. The Wei River runs through the center; its waters are tan from sediments.

The tan-colored terrain to the north is part of the Shaanxi Plateau. The darker brown mountains to the south and west are the Qinling Mountains.

This mountain range provides a natural boundary between the North and South of China, and support a huge variety of plant and wildlife, some of which is found nowhere else on Earth.

The Northern side of the range is prone to cold weather, however the physical barrier of the mountains mean that the land to the South enjoys a sub-tropical climate, with the rich, fertile landscape supporting a wealth of wildlife and vegetation.