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Lakes and Mountains in Yunnan Province, China

25.6N 100.2E

June 15th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains

China - May 18th, 2011

This image stretches across Yunnan Province, China. The terrain is largely mountainous, especially in the north and west – a series of high mountain chains spreads across the province. Yunnan’s major rivers flow through the deep valleys between the mountains.

Several lakes are visible on the right side of the image. The dark blue body of water with the slightly uneven hourglass shape is Fuxian Lake. It has a surface area of 212 square kilometers and a maximum depth of 155 meters.

Northwest of Fuxian Lake is the greenish Lake Dian or Kunming Lake, a large inter-land lake located on the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. The lake covers 298 km2 and has an average depth of 4.4 m.

In the center of the image is Er Lake, an alpine fault lake with an area of 250 kmĀ² and an average depth of 11 m. The lake is situated by the Cangshan Mountains (to the west).

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