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Smog Obscures Chinese Coast

Smog Obscures Chinese Coast

A thick shroud of haze lingers over China, turning the sky an opaque grey over much of the eastern portion of the country. Beijing, China’s capital city, is situated roughly 150 km (93 miles) west of Bo Hai Bay, just north of what appears to the densest portion of the aerosol pollution in this true-color scene. The heavy aerosol concentrations can be seen blowing eastward across the Bo Hai Bay and Yellow Sea.

These data were collected on March 12, 2002, by the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard NASA’s Terra satellite.

Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC