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Haze Over Eastern China
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Haze Over Eastern China

May 7, 2013
Dingy gray haze clouded the skies over eastern China on June 12, 2008. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite took this picture the same day. In this image, skies appear relatively clear to the north. In the south, however, the haze grows thick enough to nearly become opaque. Mixed with the haze are bright white clouds, especially along the coast and over the Taihang Shan (Mountains). One day before MODIS acquired this image, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that worsening air pollution was causing at least 10,000 deaths per year in southern China. Credit: NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. The Rapid Response Team provides daily images of this region. Caption by Michon Scott.