Dust Over the Taklamakan Desert, Tarim Basin, China38.5N 79.8E
Dust blows about the Taklamakan Desert in this image of the Tarim Basin, China. Dust storms have affected the area various times since early April 2012. Here, the dust appears thickest along the desert’s western edge. Dust storms are common in the Taklamakan Desert, China’s the largest, warmest, and driest desert. Most of the desert is covered by huge sand dunes, some of which reach heights of 200 meters.