NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Jan.

5, 2000 Media Advisory m00-003 SUMMARY: No News Releases Today Video: ITEM 1 - THICK HAZE COVERS SOUTHERN CHINA

***************************** If NASA issues any news releases later today, we will email summaries and Internet URLs to this list. Index of 2000 NASA News Releases: Index of 1999 NASA News Releases: ***************************** Video File for Jan. 5, 2000 ITEM 1 - THICK HAZE COVERS SOUTHERN CHINA-----------------TRT 1:30 Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Wade Sisler (Phone 301/286-6256). Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David E. Steitz (Phone 202/358-1730). URL: ITEM 1a - SOUTHERN CHINA HAZE

On Jan. 2, 2000, the Sea Viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS) observed a thick layer of haze over southern People's Republic of China, including the cities of Chengdu, Congqing, Wuhan, and the archaeologically important city of Xi'an. Researchers are unclear as to the source of the haze, but it is thick enough to obscure most of the natural colors reflected from the ground beneath. ITEM 1b - SOUTHERN CHINA - CLEAR DAY COMPARISON The thickness of the haze is made more apparent by comparing an image taken on a clear day, on Sept. 16, 1998 (first image), with the January 2 image (second image). SeaWiFS was originally designed to monitor the color of oceans around the world. Since its launch, SeaWiFS has proved valuable in its ability to monitor land color, too. Color is an important indicator of life processes, from plankton growth to chlorophyll concentration.

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