Dust Over Western Half of Taklamakan Desert, China38.8N 80.2E
Dust hangs in the air over the western part of the Taklamakan Desert, in the Tarim Basin. The veil of dust partially obscures the Tarim River below it.
The Tarim River is the principal river of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the People’s Republic of China. It gives its name to the great Tarim Basin between the Tian Shan and Kunlun Mountains systems of Central Asia. It is the longest inland river in China with an annual flow of 4-6 billion cubic meters or 150.4 cubic metres per second (5,310 cu ft/s).