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Dust from Gurbantünggüt Desert, China

44.3N 90.4E

April 17th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Dust Storms

China - April 10th, 2011

A plume of sand blows eastward from the Gurbantünggüt Desert, China. The desert occupies a large part of the Dzungarian Basin in northern Xinjiang, in the northwest of the country.

It is approximately 50,000 square kilometers (19,000 mi²), and located around 300 to 600 meters above sea level. It is China’s (and Xinjiang’s) second largest desert, after Taklamakan Desert, which is located in the Tarim Basin.

A remote, arid, and rugged area, Gurbantünggüt Desert is separated by the Tian Shan mountains from the Ili River Basin, Turfan Depression, and the Tarim Basin of the southern Xinjiang.

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