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Qinghai Lake and Badain Jaran and Tengger Deserts, China – August 20th, 2010

36.9N 100.1E

August 20th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

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The body of water near the left edge of this image is Qinghai Lake, a saline lake situated in the province of Qinghai. It is the largest lake in China, located about 100 km west of the provincial capital of Xining at 3,205 m (10,515 feet) above sea level in a depression of the Tibetan Plateau.

To the north of the lake lie two deserts: the Badain Jaran Desert (upper left corner) and the Tengger Desert (just east of the Badain Jaran). The former covers an area of 49,000 sq. kilometers (19,000 sq. miles) and spans the provinces of Gansu, Ningxia and Inner Mongolia. The latter covers about 10,310,700 km2 and is mostly in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in China.

The Yellow River can be observed running vertically down the right side of the image, near the edge, to the east of the Tengger Desert. It is the second-longest river in China, with an estimated length of 5,464 kilometers (3,395 mi) and a total basin area of 742,443 km² (290,520 mi²).

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