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Mountains South of China-Kyrgyzstan Border in the Tarim Basin – November 16th, 2009

40.6N 80.3E

November 16th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

China - October 22nd, 2009

China - October 22nd, 2009

In this orthorectified image, long mountain ridges south of the China-Kyrgyzstan border can be seen north of Qianniao Lake in Tarim Basin in western China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The ridge running towards the lake from the bottom left corner reaches heights of around 1400 meters, while some of those farther north exceed 3000 meters.

Many of the lower-laying areas are dominated by desert, although some agriculture appears to be present near the lake. The lake is most likely fed by the Khotan River, which flows across the Taklamakan Desert empties itself into the Tarim River. Because the river is fed by melting snow from the mountains, it only carries water during the summer and is dry the rest of the year. The Khotan river bed provides the only transportation system across the Tarim Basin.

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