Khotan River Crossing Taklamakan Desert, China38.8N 80.8E
The Taklamakan Desert, in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, is the world’s 17th largest desert. It is bounded by the Kunlun Mountains to the south, and the desert Pamir Mountains and Tian Shan to the west and north.
Its sandy expanse is interrupted by the Khotan River, flowing vertically across it and appearing greenish, here. The river, also called the Hotan River or Ho-t’ien River, is formed by the union of the White Jade (Yurungkash) and Black Jade (Karakash) Rivers. These rivers flow north from the Kunlun Mountains and unite towards the middle of the desert.