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Taklamakan Desert Dunes Near Khotan River – October 24th, 2010

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October 24th, 2010 Category: Deserts, Image of the day

China - October 13th, 2010

The Taklamakan Desert occupies the majority of this image, filling the greater part of the Tarim Basin in west-central China. The Kunlun Mountains are visible along the northern edge of the desert, capped in snow.

The greenish line cutting vertically across the desert is the Khotan River. Upon opening the full image, many individual rows of high sand dunes can be discerned throughout the desert, particularly to the east of the river.

On the right edge of the image thumbnail, just north of the desert, is Lake Bosten. Visible at the right edge of the full image, southeast of Lake Bosten, is the basin of the former Lake Lop Nur and a nearby field of salt pans, appearing as a greenish rectangular area. This part of the image appears hazy, as sand is blowing in the air.

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