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Mengzi County Surrounded by Mountains in Yunnan, China

23.3N 103.3E

March 2nd, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains

China - February 18th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows Mengzi County, in the southeast of Yunnan, China, in the Honghe prefecture about 12 miles east of Gejiu. The Datunhai (left) and Changqiao Hai (right) lakes can be seen nearby.

Mengzi County is situated in the center of a fertile valley basin on a plateau 1000 meters above sea level. Most of the rest of Yunnan, however, is situated in a mountainous area, with high elevations in the northwest and low elevations in the southeast. In the west, the relative height from mountain peaks to river valleys can be as much as 3,000 m.

Yunnan is situated in a mountainous area, with high elevations in the northwest and low elevations in the southeast. Most of the population lives in the eastern part of the province. In the west, the relative height from mountain peaks to river valleys can be as much as 3,000 m. Yunnan is rich in natural resources and has the largest diversity of plant life in China. Of the approximately 30,000 species of higher plants in China, Yunnan has over 17,000.

Yunnan’s reserves of aluminium, lead, zinc and tin are the largest in China, and there are also major reserves of copper and nickel. Yunnan has over 600 rivers and lakes, which provide an annual water supply of 222 billion cubic meters. Projected hydropower reserves stand at 103 GW, with an exploitable capacity of 90 GW.

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