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Sand Dunes on Shores of Lake Bosten, China – July 20th, 2009

42.0N 87.0E

July 20th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

China - June 24th, 2009

China - June 24th, 2009

Lake Bosten, or Bositeng Lake, is a freshwater lake located 57 km northeast of Korla, Xinjiang, China. Covering an area of about 1,000 square kilometers (together with adjacent small lakes), it is the largest lake in Xinjiang and one of the largest inland freshwater lakes in China.

The Kaidu River is the most important tributary to Lake Bosten, accounting for about 83% of its water inflow. A fishery exists on the lake and fish such as Bullhead and Blunt-snout bream are native to it.

The lake is peculiar because of its unique lush scenery surrounded by harsh desert. The northern and western shores of the lake support agriculture, while the southern and eastern coastlines are flanked by desert and dunes. A more mountainous area is visible further south in this orthorectified image.

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