Dust Storm on Eastern Edge of Taklamakan Desert, China39.5N 90.0E
A duststorm affects the Taklamakan Desert in western China, particularly by its eastern edge. The Taklamakan is China’s biggest desert and is an immense sea of shifting sand dunes, which dominates the west of the country.
The fringes of the desert are most susceptible to desertification, as overgrazing on farmland bordering the desert tends to strip the lands of their grass and hence allows the desert to take hold and expand. During the spring, winds tend to increase in intensity in the west of China. As the spring winds blow, they pick up the sand and dust lying on top of the degraded land and carry it into the air, creating these massive dust and sand storms.