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Kunlun Mountains and Convergence of Karakax and Yurungkax Rivers, China

37.2N 79.8E

December 7th, 2011 Category: Mountains, Rivers

China - November 22nd, 2011

This image shows the southern part of the Taklamakan Desert, bordered by the Kunlun Mountains. Flowing down from the mountains are the Karakax (left) and Yurungkax (right) Rivers, which converge to form the Hotan River (top).

One of the longest mountain chains in Asia, the Kunlun Mountains extend more than 3,000 km. In the broadest sense, the range forms the northern edge of the Tibetan Plateau south of the Tarim Basin and the Gansu Corridor and continues east south of the Wei River to end at the North China Plain. Here, lakes on the Tibetan Plateau can be observed in the lower half of the image.

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