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Dust Storm Over Tarim Basin, China

39.1N 82.9E

March 15th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

China – March 11th, 2013

Winds blowing about the Tarim Basin kick up a large quantity of dust particles that obscure the entirety of the Taklamakan Desert, in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The tall mountains surrounding the desert – the Tian Shan to the north, the Kunlun Mountains to the south, and the Pamir Mountains to the west, keep much of the dust from blowing beyond the basin. However, much escapes via the eastern side, through the Gobi Desert, and can blow eastward across the country.

Lake Bosten Surrounded by Desert, China

42.0N 87.0E

April 3rd, 2010 Category: Lakes

China - March 5th, 2010

China - March 5th, 2010

Bosten Lake is a freshwater lake located 57 km northeast of Korla, Xinjiang, China in the Bayin’gholin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture. Covering an area of about 1,000 square kilometers (together with adjacent small lakes), it is the largest lake in Xinjiang and one of the largest inland freshwater lakes in China.

The Kaidu River is the most important tributary to Lake Bosten, accounting for about 83% of its water inflow. A fishery exists on the lake and fish such as Bullhead and Blunt-snout bream are native to the lake. Westerners sometimes refer to it as the ‘Oriental Hawaii of Xinjiang’ because of its unique lush scenery surrounded by the harsh Gobi Desert.

Lakes in Mongolia’s Uvs Province and China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region

November 23rd, 2009 Category: Lakes

Mongolia and China - October 7th, 2009

Mongolia and China - October 7th, 2009

Uvs is one of the 21 aimags (provinces) of Mongolia. It is located in the west of the country, 1336 km away from the national capital Ulan Bator. Its capital is Ulaangom, which lies 936m above sea level.

Parts of the steppe in this province are protected as the World Heritage Site Uvs Nuur Basin. In the north, just out of view, the province borders the Russian Federation for 640km, in the east 340 km of border lies between Uvs and Zavkhan province. In the south and west it borders with Khovd and Bayan-Ölgii provinces for 200km each.

The province occupies 4.45% of the national territory, which is equivalent of 69,585 sq. km. Sixty percent of the total area of the province belongs to the mountainous climatic zone, and 40% to the Gobi semi-desert.

The province is named after Mongolia’s biggest lake, Uvs Nuur, touching the top edge of the image. Also visible here are the other five major lakes of Mongolia’s Great Lakes Depression: Lakes Khyargas (below Lake Uvs), Airag (smaller, just south of the former), Khar-Us (southwest of Lake Khyargas), Khar (east of the former) and Dörgön (south of Lake Khar).

Another body of water, Lake Ulungur, is visible near the center of the left edge. This lake, as well as the rest of the land in the lower left quadrant, belongs to China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

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