High Dunes of Taklamakan Desert Around Khotan River, China39.4N 83.9E
The Khotan River flows across the Taklamakan Desert in China, appearing as a thin grey ribbon that divides this image in two. The extraordinarily high dunes that characterize the desert can be seen on either side of it. The ones on the right side of the image appear larger than those on the left.
The Khotan River is formed by the confluence of the White Jade (Yurungkash) and Black Jade (Karakash) Rivers, some 145 kilometres (90 mi) north of the town of Khotan, which then lends its name to the river after the convergence.