Siling Co and the Tibetan Lakes Region – June 14th, 200931.8N 89.0E
Physically, Tibet may be divided into two parts, the “lake region” and the “river region”.
The former, which is about 1100 km (700 mi) wide and covers an area about equal to that of France, is visible here in western and north-western Tibet, is visible here, north of the Himalayas.
These mountains create a rain shadow, causing the region to receive little rain. This and the fact that the region is located a great distance from the ocean and has no river outlet, make the terrain an arid and wind-swept desert.
Lakes of various shapes and sizes speckle the dry brown landscape, including the salty Lake Siling Co. Both salt and freshwater lakes can be found; mineral deposits including soda, potash, borax and salt are common, as the lakes generally have no outlet through which to drain.