Salt Fields on Dry Lake Bed of Lop Nur, China40.0N 90.0E
The curved indentation towards the center of this image was once home to Lake Lop Nur, between between the Taklamakan (left) and Kuruktag (right) deserts in China. In the 1950’s, the lake had a surface area of about 2,000 square km (770 square miles); however, all that has remained since the 1970’s is the dry, salt-encrusted lake bed.
Lop Nur is also known as “The Wandering Lake”, since changes in the balance between rainfall and evaporation used to cause it to change considerably in both size and position. The green, rectangular area in the lake bed is a salt field and salt refining facility, constructed in 2002.