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Haze over China

Haze over China

A gray-white film of haze, perhaps mixed with some fog, blanketed eastern China on November 6, 2009. The low-lying haze seeps into mountain valleys along the edge of the North China Plain, leaving the dark brown peaks clear. The haze also drifts east over the Bo Hai and the Yellow Sea. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this photo-like image in the early afternoon of November 6. Tiny red dots mark the locations of fires.

The large image provided above is the highest-resolution image available. The image is available in additional resolutions from the MODIS Rapid Response Team.

NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Holli Riebeek, NASA Earth Observatory.