14 Nov '11, 2am

Thick haze blanketed eastern China in early November. Here's the view from NASA's Terra satellite.

Thick haze blanketed eastern China in early November. Here's the view from NASA's Terra satellite.

Thick haze blanketed eastern China in early November 2011. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image on November 10. The haze extends southward from Beijing along the coastal plain bordering Bo Hai and the Yellow Sea. Intermittent haze had clogged the skies over eastern China for at least a month by the time MODIS acquired this image. In early November 2011, The New York Times reported that Beijing had suffered from heavy air pollution for weeks, and the United States Embassy in Beijing had repeatedly registered unsafe levels of particulate matter. Airborne particles come in different sizes, often measured in microns (also micrometers): one-millionth of a meter. Whereas Beijing’s air-monitoring center has traced particles at 10 microns or larger, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing has measured smaller par...

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