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Salt Pans by Former Lake Lop Nur, China

40.5N 90.5E

March 6th, 2011 Category: Deserts

China - February 13th, 2011

Situated between the Taklamakan and Kuruktag deserts, in the southeastern portion of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the People’s Republic of China, are the now seasonal salt lake sand marshes of the former Lake Lop Nur.

The teal and green rectangular form in this area is a field of salt pans. While the desert in the basin by the salt evaporation pans and lake bed appears mostly flat, many high vertical rows of sand dunes can be observed to the south.

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