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Haze over Eastern China
Image courtesy the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/
Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
Across eastern China, the increased use
of coal and wood for heating
in the winter often leads to widespread haze, as
evidenced by the vast
gray pall of pollution hanging over much of the country on 2/15/04.
Some of the pollution can be seen blowing over and just north
and eastward far out to sea over the Pacific Ocean in this true-color
acquired by the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS).
addition to pushing the pollution eastward over the Pacific, the strong winds
blowing over eastern China have several other effects evident in this scene.
Note the patterns of light brown and turquoise hues in the East China Sea,
suspended sediments which are being churned up in the water column by
the strong winds.