Pollution and fog mixed at the base of the Himalayas in India in late December 2005. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flying onboard the Aqua satellite captured this image on December 21. In this picture, the haze hangs so thickly over the region that the underlying ground surface is barely visible. In contrast, the air is much clearer over the Himalayas.
Heavy air pollution is common in this region between December and February, and it often collects at the base of the mountains. According to news reports, the haze combined to reduce visibility enough to delay air and rail travel on December 23, 2005. No flights could depart from or arrive in Delhi’s airport until late morning.
NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. The MODIS Rapid Response Team provides daily images of this region.