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Taklamakan Desert and Lakes Balqash and Issyk Kul in Asia – November 24th, 2010

42.6N 77.8E

November 24th, 2010 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

China, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan - November 9th, 2010

The Taklamakan Desert in China occupies most of the lower half of this image. In the full version, many rows of towering sand dunes can be observed. Cutting vertically across the otherwise arid desert is the Khotan River.

The Khotan River is formed by the confluence of the White Jade (Yurungkash) and Black Jade (Karakash) Rivers. Their convergence can be observed by the southwestern part of the desert.

Several lakes can also be seen to the north. The largest two are Lake Issyk Kul, in Kyrgyzstan, and Lake Balqash, in southeastern Kazakhstan. The former is dark blue and surrounded by the Tian Shan Mountains. The latter is larger and lighter blue in color, particularly to the west where tan sediments mix with the waters.

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