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01 November 2011

Haze over Eastern China


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Haze hugged mountain slopes and filled valleys in eastern China in late October 2011. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite took this picture on October 30.
Beijing lies just off the northeastern edge of the area pictured here. This image shows an arc of haze extending hundreds of kilometers southwest of the capital city. Especially thick haze hovers over the city of Xi’an (image lower left). High ridges poke above the haze, which appears confined to lower elevations. The haze likely results from urban and industrial pollution.
NASA image courtesy MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center. Caption by Michon Scott.
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Aqua - MODIS - NASA