In many small rural New Zealand towns people use open fires and log burners to heat their homes in winter. In this photograph of Masterton, the smoke rising from individual chimneys has mixed together to form a layer that hangs over the township. On windless days, when inversion layers form, pollution can persist all day, and those who hang out their washing to dry risk smoky-smelling shirts.
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