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Spring Dust Storm Smothers Beijing

Figure 18


This figure appears in the Our Changing Planet: The Fiscal Year 2003 U.S. Global Change Research Program report.

In March 2002, a few days earlier than usual, a large, dense plume of dust blew southward and eastward from the desert plains of Mongolia—powerfully affecting air quality for the residents of Beijing and surrounding areas. Citizens of northeastern China call this annual event the “shachenbao,” or “dust cloud tempest.” The massive dust storm (brownish pixels) can easily be distinguished from clouds (bright white pixels) as it blows across northern Japan and eastward toward the open Pacific Ocean. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, SeaWiFS Project; and ORBIMAGE.

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