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Taklamakan Desert to Tian Shan Mountains, China

40.2N 82.2E

June 19th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Mountains

China - May 23rd, 2011

The Taklamakan Desert is located in Central Asia, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. It is the world’s 17th largest desert, covering an area of 270,000 km2 (100,000 sq mi) of the Tarim Basin.

It is bounded by the Tian Shan mountains to the north, visible as a snow-capped ridge at the top of this image. Between the sandy desert and the mountains, some small lakes can be observed.


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