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Rippling Dunes in Badain Jaran and Tengger Deserts, China

39.6N 103.8E

November 14th, 2010 Category: Deserts, Lakes, Rivers

China - November 5th, 2010

Two sandy deserts in China occupy the majority of this image: the Badain Jaran Desert (further north) and the Tengger Desert (southeast of the former, although they appear to be connected towards the image center).

Rippling sand dunes can be seen in both deserts in the full image, although the Badain Jaran is famous for having the tallest stationary dunes on the planet: some reach a height of 500 meters (1,600 ft.).

The body of water at the bottom left is Qinghai Lake, a saline lake situated in a depression of the Tibetan Plateau. Visible on the right side of the image is the Yellow River, which is surrounded by terrain that is brown in color.

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