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Haze Over Sichuan Basin, China

30.6N 104.0E

February 6th, 2013 Category: Clouds, Mountains

China – January 26th, 2013

The province of Sichuan, China, consists of two very geographically distinct parts. The eastern part of the province is mostly within the fertile Sichuan basin. Here, the basin is covered by a thick haze, likely the result of fires, dust and/or pollutants in the atmosphere. The western Sichuan consists of the numerous mountain ranges forming the easternmost part of the Tibetan Plateau. Here, some haze can be seen in the valleys, but with that small exception, the western part of the province is mostly clear.

Smoke or Haze in Sichuan Basin, China

30.8N 106.2E

August 15th, 2011 Category: Fires, Mountains

China - August 14th, 2011

Close-up

This image of China shows smoke or haze in the air over the Sichuan Basin, in the province of Sichuan. The Sichuan Basin is framed by mountains on all sides, such the Qionglai Range in the west, Longmen Mountains in the northwest, and the Daba in the northeast.

Tall mountains keep the smoke or haze from spreading westward, although it can be seen spreading north of the basin in the main image. The close-up image focuses onĀ  the basin itself, where the veil is densest in the southwestern portion.

 

Smoke over Sichuan Basin, China

31.0N 104.9E

November 16th, 2010 Category: Fires, Mountains

China - November 9th, 2010

Smoke hangs in the air over the Sichuan Basin in the Chinese province of Sichuan. Tall mountains, capped in snow in this image, are holding the smoke within the low-lying basin.

The area of the Sichuan Basin is bordered by the Himalayas to the far west, including the nearby Tibetan Plateau, the Qinling range to the northeast, and mountainous areas of Yunnan to the south.

Sichuan Basin and Hazy Skies Over China

32.4N 105.8E

May 10th, 2010 Category: Dust Storms, Mountains

China - April 28th, 2010

China - April 28th, 2010

The Sichuan Basin (lower half of the image) is a lowland region in southwestern China. It comprises the central and eastern parts of Sichuan province, as well as Chongqing Municipality (which itself was, until 1997, part of Sichuan). Due to its relative flatness and fertile grounds, it is heavily populated with a population of more than 100 million.

The Sichuan Basin is framed by mountains on all sides, such the Qionglai Range in the west, Longmen Mountains in the northwest, and the Daba in the northeast. The Yangtze, flowing from the Sichuan Basin into the eastern China, passes through the Three Gorges in the Wu Mountains.

Here, parts of the basin look veiled and hazy. The tannish patches towards the bottom are dust from the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, a relatively dry, desert-like area to the north.

The Fertile Green of the Sichuan Basin, China

May 4th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Sichuan Basin, China - April 14th, 2009

Sichuan Basin, China - April 14th, 2009

The Sichuan basin, the large, flat, dark green area near the center of the image, is a lowland region in southwestern China. It comprises the central and eastern parts of Sichuan province, as well as Chongqing Municipality.

Due to its relative flatness and fertile grounds, it is heavily populated with a population of more than 100 million.

The Sichuan basin is framed by mountains on all sides. It consists of low hills and alluvial plains, and several major rivers flow into the Yangtze River, which passes through the southern part of the basin.

The seismically active Longmenshan Fault, which caused the catastrophic 2008 Sichuan earthquake, runs along the western boundary of the basin, separating it from the Tibetan plateau to the west.

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