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Sand Dunes of the Taklamakan Desert, China

February 16th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Taklamakan desert, China - February 13th, 2009

Taklamakan desert, China - February 13th, 2009

Taklamakan desert in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (photo by Pravit)

Taklamakan desert in Xinjiang Uyghur

The radar (ASAR) image makes it possible to observe the contours of the Taklamkan Desert‘s sand dunes in great detail.

The desert, also known as Taklimakan, is  in Central Asia, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China.

It is bounded by Kunlun Mountains to the South, and the Pamir Mountains and Tian Shan (ancient Mount Imeon) to the West and North.

Taklamakan is known as one of the largest sandy deserts in the world, ranking 15th in size in a ranking of the world’s largest non-polar deserts. It covers an area of 270,000 km² of the Tarim Basin, 1,000 km long and 400 km wide.

source Wikipedia

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