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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.

Air Pollution in Northeastern China – January 20th, 2013

39.9N 116.4E

January 20th, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Clouds, Image of the day

China – January 10th, 2013

A dense haze would hit many provinces in China, including Hebei, Shandong, Zhejiang, Hubei and Sichuan, reducing visibility to less than 1,000 meters. In some areas, a blanket of snow can be seen through the haze.

The haze is likely caused by a combination of fog, smoke and pollutants. China’s economy has skyrocketed, but at a price. Power plants, factories and heavy industries are all belching out black, dirty air, at the cost of our health and our environment.¬†Millions of people in China and Hong Kong are breathing a hazardous cocktail of chemicals every day. These chemicals are caused by coal-fired power plants, factories and vehicles, and are responsible for heart disease, stroke, respiratory illnesses, birth defects and cancer.¬†According to the World Health Organization, in China more than 650,000 people die each year from diseases related to air pollution.

Mountains of Northern Sichuan, China

31.7N 104.7E

March 7th, 2011 Category: Mountains

China - February 18th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the mountainous northern part of Sichuan Province, China. Visible in the upper right corner of the thumbnail image is a multi-armed reservoir by Yingpanxiang.

Further south, in the full image, the terrain becomes less mountainous. Several cities can be seen on the flatter terrain, including Jiangyou (above) and Mianyang (below).

Yibin at Confluence of Min and Yangtze Rivers, China

28.7N 104.6E

February 22nd, 2011 Category: Mountains, Rivers

China - February 18th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the city of Yibin, in southern Sichuan Province, in south central China. It is located at the junction of the Min and Yangtze Rivers.

As one moves southward towards the province of Yunnan, the terrain because more and more mountainous. The land to the north, on the other hand, is significantly more level.

Mountains in Southwestern China

30.3N 97.0E

December 29th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

China - October 5th, 2009

China - October 5th, 2009

China’s topography ranges from mostly plateaus and mountains in the west to lower lands in the east. Southern China is dominated by hills and low mountain ranges. This image focuses on southwestern China,¬† including parts of the Tibet Region and Sichuan Province, north of Myanmar and extreme northeastern India. The mountain peaks are capped with snow, while rivers below them appear greenish tan from sediments.

China’s southwest has a vast calcareous tableland traversed by hill ranges of moderate elevation, and the Himalayas, containing Earth’s highest point, Mount Everest. During many dynasties, the southwestern border of China has been the high mountains and deep valleys of Yunnan, which separate modern China from Burma, Laos and Vietnam.