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Haze Over North China Plain by Bohai Sea

37.6N 117.0E

December 19th, 2011 Category: Clouds, Mountains, Sediments

China - December 18th, 2011

A thick fog or haze hangs over the North China Plain and in the valleys of the mountains and hills bordering it. The largest alluvial plain of eastern Asia, it is bordered on the north by the Yanshan Mountains and on the west by the Taihang Mountains at the edge of the Shanxi (‘western mountains’) plateau. To the south, it merges into the Yangtze Plain.

From northeast to southeast, it fronts the Bohai Gulf, the highlands of Shandong Peninsula, and the Yellow Sea. The Yellow River flows through the middle of the plain into Bohai Gulf. Here, both the gulf and sediments from the river are partially visible through the haze.

 

Haze Over Hebei Near Bohai Sea, China

39.9N 116.4E

November 4th, 2011 Category: Clouds

China - October 30th, 2011

Clouds and a thick grey haze hang over eastern China, near the Bohai Sea (upper right). Most of the haze is concentrated over the province of Hebei and the Beijing and Tianjin Municipalities.

Most of central and southern Hebei lies within the North China Plain. The western part of Hebei rises into the Taihang Mountains (Taihang Shan), while the Yan Mountains (Yan Shan) run through northern Hebei, beyond which lie the grasslands of Inner Mongolia.

Hebei borders Bohai Sea on the east. The Hai He watershed covers most of the province’s central and southern parts, and the Luan He watershed covers the northeast. Hebei has a continental monsoon climate, with cold, dry winters, and hot, humid summers.

Haze Over China by Taihang Mountains and Loess Plateau

37.4N 112.3E

November 3rd, 2011 Category: Clouds, Mountains

China - October 29th, 2011

Haze or smoke over eastern China rests near the foot of the Taihang Mountains, a range running down the eastern edge of the Loess Plateau in Henan, Shanxi and Hebei provinces.

The range extends over 400 km from north to south and has an average elevation of 1,500 to 2,000 meters. The principal peak is Xiao Wutaishan (2,882 metres). Cangyan Shan in Hebei forms the eastern tip of the Taihang range.

Cities and Towns on the North China Plain – September 7th, 2009

37.1N 119.1E

September 7th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

China - August 27th, 2009Hudson Bay

China - August 27th, 2009

Laizhou Bay and Yellow River Delta

Laizhou Bay and Yellow River Delta

Cities and towns on North China Plain

Cities and towns on North China Plain

The green landscape of the North China Plain, in northeast China, is dotted by tan cities and towns. This flat yellow-soil plain is the main area of sorghum, millet, maize, and cotton production in China. At the same time, it is one of the most densely populated regions in the world (see close up of populated areas).

The plain is based on the deposits of the Yellow River (Huang He) and is the largest alluvial plain of eastern Asia.  It covers an area of about 409,500 square kilometers (158,000 square miles), most of which is less than 50 metres (160 ft) above sea level.

The plain is bordered on the north by the Yanshan Mountains and on the west by the Taihang Mountains. To the south, it merges into the Yangtze Plain. From northeast to southeast, it fronts the Bohai Sea, the highlands of Shandong Peninsula, and the Yellow Sea. The Yellow River flows through the middle of the plain into  the Bohai Sea.

The second close-up focuses on the mouth and delta of the Yellow River and sediments in Laizhou Bay,  the southern arm of the Bohai Sea. Some salt evaporation ponds and agricultural areas can be found along the shores of the bay.

Valleys and Mountains of Shanxi Province, China – June 29th, 2009

36.0N 113.0E

June 29th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Snapshots

Shanxi Province, China - June 24th, 2009

Shanxi Province, China - June 24th, 2009

The area of valleys and mountains in the center of this image is the province of Shanxi, China. The province is located on a plateau, which is in turn made up of higher ground to the east (Taihang Mountains) and the west (Lüliang Mountains), and a series of valleys in the center through which the Fen River runs.

The Huang He (Yellow River) forms the western border of Shanxi with Shaanxi. This river can be seen flowing diagonally across the right side of the image, towards the Bohai Sea, partially visible in the upper right quadrant.

Shanxi has a continental monsoon climate, and is rather arid.  Winters are long, dry, sunny and cold, while summer is warm and humid. Spring is bone dry and prone to dust storms.

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