Pollution over China
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Pollution over China

October 29, 2004
The atmosphere is a globally shared natural resource, and this image from the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) illustrates the point. A pool of air pollution has spread out over eastern China and then slipped over the coast like water over a dam. A river of haze flows across the East China Sea past the Korean Peninsula and northeastward toward Japan, where it arcs along the western coastline of the island chain before disappearing out of the scene at upper right. With the typical Northern Hemisphere “Westerlies” flowing from west to east across the mid-latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, the air pollution from eastern China regularly spreads to South Korea and Japan and out over the Pacific Ocean.

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