Haze Over China

January 09, 2003


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    Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster; Norman Kuring

    On the last day of 2002, the SeaWiFs sensor on the Orb View-2 satellite captured this image over eastern and central China. Even though the sky was relatively cloud free, the ground was nevertheless partially hidden from SeaWiFS by a dense layer of grayish haze that probably was generated by the burning of heating fuels, such as coal. Dust from western China may also contribute to the murky nature of the image. To the north of the haze, snow covers much of the North China Plain. The Korean Peninsula is at the upper right center and Taiwan is at the bottom center of the image.

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