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Qiemo County and the Altun Shan Range, China

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July 13th, 2009 Category: Rivers

China - June 24th, 2009

China - June 24th, 2009

The Qiemo River, or Qarqan River, raches from the Altun Range, or Altyn Tagh, to Qiemo County, in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. From the foot of the mountains to the oasis of Qiemo, it has a fall of nearly 4000 feet. The peaks and contours of this downward slope are seen without geometric distortion thanks to  orthorectification.

The Altun Shan Range is one of the chief constituent ranges of the Kunlun and forms the border of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region with the Tibetan Plateau. Together with the Qilian Shan, it forms the Nan Shan.

The Altun Shan runs roughly 1,000 km south of Lake Lop Nur in a southwest to northeast direction, forming the boundary between the Tarim Basin to the north and the Qaidam Basin in the south.

The southwest reaches snowy peaks of 6100 m, although it descends to an average of 4000 m in the narrow middle and eventually rises up to average 5000 m as it meets the Nan Shan.

Pamir Mountains, Tajikistan – November 25th, 2008

November 25th, 2008 Category: Image of the day

Storm Over Pamir Mountains, Tajikistan - November 24th, 2008

Pamir Mountains, Tajikistan - November 24th, 2008

In this image we can see part of the Pamir Mountains (also known as the Congling Mountains), a mountain range located in Central Asia formed by the junction or knot of the Tian Shan, Karakoram, Kunlun, and Hindu Kush ranges.

The Pamir Mountains are among the world’s highest mountains. They lie in Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province, stretching into Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, and China.

On the left side, we can see some clouds, possibly the remnants of a snowstorm, over the mountains in Tajikistan. The Pamirs are covered in snow throughout the year, and have long and bitterly cold winters, and short, cool summers.

The Pamir Range’s three highest mountains are Ismoil Somoni Peak (known from 1932–1962 as Stalin Peak, and from 1962–1998 as Communism Peak), 24,590 ft (7,495 m); Ibn Sina Peak (still unofficially known as Lenin Peak), 23,406 ft (7,134 m); and Peak Korzhenevskaya (in Russian, Pik Korzhenevskoi), 23,310 ft (7,105 m).

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