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Sand Dunes Near Qinghai Lake and Longyang Xia Reservoir, China – October 8th, 2009

36.7N 100.2E

October 8th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

China - August 31st, 2009

China - August 31st, 2009

The large, saline Qinghai Lake (upper left) is situated to the northwest of the smaller, curved Longyang Xia Reservoir, both in the province of Qinghai, China.

While the former is a natural lake located at 3,205 m (10,515 feet) above sea level in a depression of the Tibetan Plateau, the latter is artificial, created by a dam on the Huang He (Yellow River).

The golden tan area southeast of the reservoir is a large field of sand dunes, surrounded by agriculture despite the aridity of the region.

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