Haze Over Eastern China

Haze Over Eastern China

The widespread pall of haze and pollution continued to hang over eastern China on February 15, 2004. Some of the pollution can be seen blowing over and just north of Taiwan and eastward far out to sea over the Pacific Ocean in this true-color image acquired by the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS).

The strong winds blowing over eastern China have several other effects evident in this scene. Note the patterns of suspended sediments (light browns and turquoise) in the East China Sea, which are being churned up in the water column by the strong winds. These sediments are being washed out of the mouth of the Yangtze River and Hangzhou Bay in such abundance that they color the water a deep caramel along a long stretch of coastline, making it almost indistinguishable from land in some areas.

Note also the cloud vortex streets extending southward from Korea and Japan, as well as the brownish dust and haze streaming eastward north of Tokyo.

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  • Data Date:

    February 15, 2004
  • Visualization Date:

    February 17, 2004
  • Sensor(s):

    OrbView-2 - SeaWiFS


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