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Snow Over Taklamakan Desert, China

39.3N 82.5E

March 30th, 2012 Category: Deserts

China - December 31st, 2011

The Taklamakan Desert, China’s largest, stretches across the Tarim Basin in this image. The white areas over the desert sands are not clouds, but rather snow. In the full image, the snow can be seen accentuating the valleys inbetween the crests of huge sand dunes. It also lines the lower slopes of the mountains bordering the southern part of the basin. Snowfall over the Taklamakan is not uncommon in winter, although it is rare for the entire desert to be covered (this last occurred in 2008).

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