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Qinhai Lake on Tibetan Plateau, China

36.9N 100.1E

December 16th, 2010 Category: Deserts, Lakes

China - December 10th, 2010

The large, greenish blue lake near the center of this image of China is Qinghai Lake. It is a saline lake situated in a depression of the Tibetan Plateau.

A second lake, shaped like a hook at its northern end, is a reservoir on the Yellow River created by the Laxiwa Dam, in Qinghai Province.

Multiple ridges of snow-capped mountains can be observed to the north of the two lakes. Upon opening the full image, rows of sand dunes in the Tengger Desert can also be observed.

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