Dust from Gurbantünggüt Desert, China44.3N 90.4E
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.