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Lakes Fuxian, Yangzong and Dian Near Kunming, China

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April 22nd, 2010 Category: Lakes

China - March 5th, 2010

China - March 5th, 2010

Several lakes are visible in the upper left quadrant, near Kunming, China. In the lower half of the image, smoke from fires that were burning in southeast Asia at the time the image was taken can be seen lining the valleys between the mountain ridges.

The dark blue body of water with the slightly uneven hourglass shape is Fuxian Lake, which stretches out through Chengjiang County, Jiangchuan County and Huaning County in Yunnan Province, spanning an area of 212 square kilometers. It is the deepest lake in Yunnan, with a maximum depth of 155 meters, and the third largest in the province.

North of Fuxian Lake and also dark blue in color is Yangzong hai Lake, located in Yiliang County, Kunming Prefecture, 45 kilometers east of Kunming City in Yunnan Province, China. About 30,000 people rely on the Lake as their drinking water. Yangzonghai Lake is noted for its underwater springs and is one of several scenic areas in Yunnan province, which is known for its biodiversity.

To the west of the two aforementioned bodies of waters is Lake Dian or Kunming Lake, a large inter-land lake located on the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau close to Kunming, Yunnan, China. It is a freshwater fault lake at 1886.5 m above sea level. The lake covers 298 km2. It is 39 km long from north to south, and the average depth is 4.4 m. It is the eighth largest lake in China and the largest in Yunnan Province.

Mountains and Valleys of Yunnan Province, China

February 21st, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Yunnan Province, China - February 19th, 2009

Yunnan Province, China - February 19th, 2009

Yunnan, literally “South of the Clouds”, is a province of the People’s Republic of China, located in the far southwest of the country spanning approximately 394,000 square kilometers (152,000 square miles).

The capital of the province is Kunming. The province borders Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam.

Yunnan is situated in a mountainous area, with high elevations in the northwest and low elevations in the southeast.

Most of the population lives in the eastern part of the province.

In the west, the relative height from mountain peaks to river valleys can be as much as 3,000 m.

Yunnan is rich in natural resources and has the largest diversity of plant life in China, with over 17,000 of the approximately 30,000 species of higher plants in China.

Yunnan also has over 600 rivers and lakes, which provide an annual water supply of 222 billion cubic meters.

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