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Badain Jaran and Tengger Deserts in Central China

39.6N 102.7E

November 10th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Lakes

China - November 8th, 2011

This thumbnail image stretches from Mongolia (above) to China (below), spanning two deserts: the Badain Jaran Desert and the Tengger Desert. The Tengger Desert, located mostly in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China, covers about 36,700 km2.

The Badain Jaran is a desert which spans the provinces of Gansu, Ningxia and Inner Mongolia, in China. It covers an area of 49,000 sq. kilometers (19,000 sq. miles), and is home to extremely tall dunes, some of which reach a height of 500 meters (1,600 ft.).

Visible near the bottom edge is Qinghai Lake, a saline lake situated in the province of Qinghai. It is the largest lake in China. In the full image, Lake Baikal can be observed far to the north, in Russia.

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