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The Fertile Green of the Sichuan Basin, China

May 4th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Sichuan Basin, China - April 14th, 2009

Sichuan Basin, China - April 14th, 2009

The Sichuan basin, the large, flat, dark green area near the center of the image, is a lowland region in southwestern China. It comprises the central and eastern parts of Sichuan province, as well as Chongqing Municipality.

Due to its relative flatness and fertile grounds, it is heavily populated with a population of more than 100 million.

The Sichuan basin is framed by mountains on all sides. It consists of low hills and alluvial plains, and several major rivers flow into the Yangtze River, which passes through the southern part of the basin.

The seismically active Longmenshan Fault, which caused the catastrophic 2008 Sichuan earthquake, runs along the western boundary of the basin, separating it from the Tibetan plateau to the west.

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