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Satellite Image: Yellow River (Jinan, Shandong Province)
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This satellite image shows the muddy Yellow River (top) at Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province. At the left side you can see the highway, which connects Xuzhou (Anhui Province) with Jinan and Liaocheng (Shandong Province), crossing the Yellow River. At the lower-right the western districts of Jinan are visible. At the bottom-center you can see Jinan airport.
In recent years downstream stretches of the Yellow River have frequently fallen dry for significant periods due to over-consumption of water for irrigation and industry in upstream provinces. However, due to the extreme seasonality of the river flow and the significant sediment deposits (which alleviate the river bed), flooding has also been serious. If you zoom further into the image (+ control) you can see the dams and dykes along the Yellow River which should protect settlements and infrastructure from seasonal flooding. If you pan the image to the right (> control) you will also see the Yellow River bridge of the important railway connecting Xuzhou (Anhui Province) with Jinan (Shandong Province) and Shuiazhuang (Hebei Province).

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