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Hohhot and Ordos Shi Near Daqing Shan Mountains, China

40.8N 111.7E

March 12th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Mountains, Rivers

China - February 18th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the cities of Hohhot (top) and Ordos Shi (left), in north-central China’s Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region. Hohhot, the capital the region, is encircled by the Daqing Shan (meaning Great Blue Mountains) to the north and the Hetao Plateau to the south.

Ordos Shi, or Ordos City, is located within the Ordos Loop of the Yellow River. The city’s prefectural administrative region occupies 86,752 km² and covers the bigger part of the Ordos Desert, although the urban area itself is relatively small.

Yellow River Crossing Inner Mongolia, China – July 1st, 2010

40.7N 108.6E

July 1st, 2010 Category: Rivers

China - June 2nd, 2010

China - June 2nd, 2010

This image focuses on part of the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia, near the border with the nation Mongolia. The area appears mostly dry, although it becomes progressively greener as one moves eastward towards an area of hills and valleys.

A lake with a curved shoreline is visible in the upper left corner. Upon opening the full image, the Yellow River (Huang He) can be seen passing below the lake. The Yellow River, so named due to its yellow-tan color from the sediments it carries, is difficult to see in the thumbnail as it blends in with the dry, yellow-tan surrounding lands.

Lake Hulun on the Hulun Buir Plain, China

48.9N 117.3E

June 8th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

China - June 2nd, 2010

China - June 2nd, 2010

Lake Hulun is a large lake in the Hulun Buir Plain, northern part of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, northern China, near the border with Mongolia.

The lake, which appears light green in this image, is fed by two rivers that rise in Mongolia: the Kerulen (Kelulun), which flows from the west, and the Orxon (Orshun), which flows from the south. The surface area of Lake Hulun has fluctuated considerably based on variations in the climate.

Northern Loop of Yellow River South of Lang Shan Range, China

38.2N 103.9E

May 11th, 2010 Category: Mountains, Rivers

China - April 28th, 2010

China - April 28th, 2010

Here, the northern loop of the Yellow River (Huang He) can be observed as it flows across Inner Mongolia, China. The place where the river curves, near the image center, is part of the district of Linhe, under the administration of Baynnur, south of the Lang Shan Range (visible parallel to the river).

The Yellow River is the second longest river in China and the cradle of Chinese civilization as the Nile is cradle of Egyptian civilization. It originates in Tibet—like the Yangtze, China’s largest river, and the Mekong River—and gets nearly 45 percent of its water from glaciers and vast underground springs of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau.

From Tibet it flows for 5,464 kilometers (about 3,400 miles) through Qinghai, Gansu, Ningxia, Inner Mongolia, the border of Shaanxi and Shanxi, Henan and Shandong before it empties into Bo Hai Gulf in the Yellow Sea.

It is slow and sluggish along most of its course and some regard it as the world’s muddiest major river, discharging three times the sediment of the Mississippi River. It gets its name and color from the yellow silt it picks up in the Shaanxi Loess Plateau .

The Yellow River is a vital to making northern China inhabitable. It supplies water to 155 million people, or 12 percent of the Chinese population, and irrigates 18 million acres—15 percent of China’s farmland. More than 400 million people live in the Yellow River basin. Agricultural societies appeared on its banks more than 7,000 years ago.

Dust Storm Shrouds Eastern China

39.9N 116.4E

March 23rd, 2010 Category: Dust Storms

Dust Storm in China - March 22nd, 2010

Dust Storm in China - March 22nd, 2010

Beijing has been shrouded in orange dust as a strong sandstorm blew hundreds of miles from drought-struck northern China to the nation’s capital. Authorities have issued a level-five pollution warning and urged people to stay indoors.

Here, the dust can be seen veiling mainland China, while offshore thick sediments are released into the Bohai Sea (above) and the Yellow Sea (below).

The storm has already caused havoc in Xinjiang, Shanxi, Shaanxi and Hebei regions and is heading to South Korea (visible to the right upon opening the full image). Residents of the South Korean capital, Seoul, as well as those in central and western regions, have been advised to stay indoors.

By Saturday, the storm had spread over an area of 810,000 sq km (313,000 sq miles) with a population of 250 million, state news agency Xinhua reported. It was expected to last until Monday, the meteorological agency said in a statement on its website.

The head of Beijing’s meteorological agency said the storm came from the deserts of Inner Mongolia. Beijing has long-suffered from sandstorms – experts say the storms are, in part, caused by deforestation and the rapid expansion of urban areas in recent decades.