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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.

 

Tangshan and the Caofeidian New Area by Bohai Bay, China

39.6N 118.1E

December 19th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

China - December 1st, 2009

China - December 1st, 2009

The city of Tangshan, visible in the upper left corner of this orthorectified image, is located in China’s Hebei Province in the central section of Bohai Sea Gulf region. The city is situated on the North China Plain between the Bohai Sea in the south and the Yanshan Mountains in the north.

South of the city is Bohai Bay, one of the three bays forming the Bohai Sea, the innermost gulf of the Yellow Sea. There are several oil fields located offshore in the Bohai Bay, and many ships can be seen as white dots in the bay’s waters.

Extending offshore below the center of the image is the Caofeidian New Area, once an island and now a land reclamation converted economic development zone. Under the jurisdiction of Tangshan and 80 km from the city’s center, the area spans 60 sq km and is expected to have a population of 300 000 by 2010.

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.