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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.

Snow Over Taklamakan Desert, China

37.1N 79.9E

January 24th, 2013 Category: Deserts

China – January 7th, 2013

While deserts are usually associated with an imaginary of scorching temperatures and moistureless terrain, they can actually be quite cold. This image shows snow on the Taklamakan Desert, in northern China, a relatively common occurrence in winter. Visible through the snow are the White Jade (Yurungkash) and Black Jade (Karakash) Rivers, which flow north from the Kunlun Mountains into the desert, later converging to form the Hotan River.

Dust North of Kunlun Mountains, China

37.7N 78.7E

November 9th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Dust Storms, Mountains

China – November 8th, 2012

A dust storm continues to blow particles of dust and sand from the Taklamakan Desert about the Tarim Basin. This thumbnail image focuses on the southwestern part of the desert, where the Kunlun Mountains prevent the dust from spreading further south over Tibet.

Dust Reaching Borders of Taklamakan Desert

40.2N 81.3E

November 7th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Dust Storms, Mountains

China – November 6th, 2012

Dust continues to blow about the Taklamakan Desert, in northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The tall mountains surrounding the desert on three sides – the Kunlun Mountains to the south, the Pamir Mountains to the west, and the Tian Shan Mountains to the north – prevent the dust from spreading beyond the confines of the Tarim Basin.

Dust Storm in Taklamakan Desert, China

39.0N 89.1E

November 5th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Dust Storms

China – November 4th, 2012

A dust storm continues to blow sand and dust particles about the Tarim Basin, in northwestern China. While this image focuses on the eastern part of the desert, in the full image dust can also be seen over the western part and spreading northward. Also visible here are two lakes, the larger and slightly greener of which is Lake Ayakum, located near the northern boundary of the Tibetan Plateau, to the southeast of the Kunlun Mountains.

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