Hala Lake in China’s Qaidam Basin38.3N 97.5E
Qaidam Basin is a hyperarid basin in Qinghai Province, western China, at an altitude between 2600 to 3300 meters. The basin covers an area of approximately 120,000 km2, one fourth of which is covered by saline lakes and playas. Here, Hala Lake, one of the largest salt lakes in the basin, is visible.
The basin’s large natural reserves include asbestos, borax, gypsum, natural gas, and several metals, with the greatest reserves of lithium, magnesium, potassium and sodium of anywhere in China. The presence of oil and natural gas have created great investment interest since 2005.