Saturday, October 2, 2010

Air Pollution in Color

In case you didn't see this global map of air pollution:

Global map showing heaviest air pollution in central Africa, Saudi Arabia, India and China
As seen on BoingBoing, where they captioned it this way:

NASA's satellite-derived map of air pollution, throughout planet earth, between 2001-2006. Specifically, the "warmer" areas of the color map (yellow, orange, red) indicate higher densities of problematic particles known as fine particulate matter, or PM2.5. These are 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter, roughly 1/10 the width of a strand of human hair. They're small enough to sneak past your body's defenses, and lodge inside your lungs. Credit: Dalhousie University, Aaron van Donkelaar.
Particles can include sand, I assume, given the pollution levels over the Sahara and other desertified areas.

2 comments:

bettyl said...

The things we learn! I would have expected a different outcome on the map.

Daughter Number Three said...

I agree. California has clean air compared to many parts of the world. Hard to believe, but true.