Dozens of fires were burning in the forested, hilly terrain of southeastern China on December 3, 2003. The fires were detected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite, and their locations are marked in red in this image. To the northeast of the scene, haze is very thick over the coastline.
Thick haze hung over central China on May 29, 2007. The haze was so thick that little of the landscape below is visible. The forested Dabie Mountains, an important source of bamboo in the country, stand out from the gray haze and the olive-colored plains to the north.