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Kunlun Mountains and Convergence of Karakax and Yurungkax Rivers, China

37.2N 79.8E

December 7th, 2011 Category: Mountains, Rivers

China - November 22nd, 2011

This image shows the southern part of the Taklamakan Desert, bordered by the Kunlun Mountains. Flowing down from the mountains are the Karakax (left) and Yurungkax (right) Rivers, which converge to form the Hotan River (top).

One of the longest mountain chains in Asia, the Kunlun Mountains extend more than 3,000 km. In the broadest sense, the range forms the northern edge of the Tibetan Plateau south of the Tarim Basin and the Gansu Corridor and continues east south of the Wei River to end at the North China Plain. Here, lakes on the Tibetan Plateau can be observed in the lower half of the image.

Khotan River Crossing Taklamakan Desert, China

38.7N 80.5E

October 22nd, 2011 Category: Deserts, Mountains, Rivers

China - October 18th, 2011

The Khotan River can be seen crossing the western half of the Taklamakan Desert in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China. It is formed by the union of the White Jade (Yurungkash) and Black Jade (Karakash) Rivers, which flow north from the Kunlun Mountains into the Taklamakan Desert in the northern part of the country.

The two rivers unite towards the middle of the desert, some 145 kilometres (90 mi) north of the town of Khotan. The river then flows 290 kilometres (180 mi) northwards across the desert and empties itself into the Tarim River. Because the river is fed by melting snow from the mountains, it only carries water during the summer and is dry the rest of the year. The Khotan river bed provides the only transportation system across the Tarim Basin.

Taklamakan Desert and Lakes Issyk Kul, Balkhash and Alakol – September 26th, 2011

41.3N 79.5E

September 26th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains

China - September 7th, 2011

This image offers a stunning view of the Taklamakan Desert, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. It is bounded by the Kunlun Mountains to the south, and the Pamir Mountains and Tian Shan Mountains to the west and north.

Visible in the upper left quadrant are Lake Issyk Kul, dark blue, in Kyrgyzstan; part of Lake Balkhash, touching the left edge, in southeastern Kazakhstan; and Lake Alakol, just east of the former, also in Kazakhstan.

Dust Storm in Taklamakan Desert, China

38.8N 80.5E

September 1st, 2011 Category: Deserts, Dust Storms, Mountains

China - August 29th, 2011

A dust storm blows sand from the Taklamakan Desert around the Tarim Basin, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China.

The desert is bounded by the Kunlun Mountains to the south, and the desert Pamir Mountains and Tian Shan (ancient Mount Imeon) to the west and north, preventing the airborne sand and dust from blowing outside the basin.

Dust Over Taklamakan Desert and Tarim Basin, China

42.4N 77.2E

May 9th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Dust Storms, Mountains

China - May 2nd, 2011

Airborne dust from the Taklamakan Desert blows over the desert itself and around the Tarim Basin, in China. The desert covers an area of 270,000 km2 (100,000 sq mi) of the basin, 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) long and 400 kilometres (250 mi) wide.

The tall mountains surrounding the desert – the Kunlun Mountains to the south, the Pamir Mountains to the west and the Tian Shan Mountains to the north – prevent the dust from blowing beyond the basin.

Visible in the Tian Shan mountains to the north, in eastern Kyrgyzstan, is Lake Issyk Kul, an endorheic lake.