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Agriculture Between the Dzoosotoyn Elisen Desert and the Bogda Shan Mountains, China

43.7N 88.5E

July 15th, 2009 Category: Rivers, Snapshots

China - June 24th, 2009

China - June 24th, 2009

A river-fed area supporting agriculture squeezes itself in between the Dzoosotoyn Elisen Desert (above) and the Bogda Shan Mountains (below), in the People’s Republic of China.

The Dzoosotoyn Elisen is a remote, arid and rugged area of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region. The desert is the second largest desert in China, after the Taklamakan Desert, which is also located in Xinjiang. The desert is approximately 50,000 square kilometers (19,000 mi²), and located around 300 to 600 meters above sea level.

It is in this desert that the remotest point of land from any sea is located, at over 2,600 kilometers (1,600 mi) from the nearest coastline.

To the south, the orthorectified contours of the Bogda Shan Range are visible. This range is part of the eastern Tien Shan Mountains, and located in Xinjiang, not far from Ürümqi. The highest elevation is Bogda Feng, at 5445 m.

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