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Salt Pans by Former Lake Lop Nur, China

40.5N 90.5E

March 6th, 2011 Category: Deserts

China - February 13th, 2011

Situated between the Taklamakan and Kuruktag deserts, in the southeastern portion of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the People’s Republic of China, are the now seasonal salt lake sand marshes of the former Lake Lop Nur.

The teal and green rectangular form in this area is a field of salt pans. While the desert in the basin by the salt evaporation pans and lake bed appears mostly flat, many high vertical rows of sand dunes can be observed to the south.

Taklamakan Desert Dunes Near Khotan River – October 24th, 2010

40.0N 86.8E

October 24th, 2010 Category: Deserts, Image of the day

China - October 13th, 2010

The Taklamakan Desert occupies the majority of this image, filling the greater part of the Tarim Basin in west-central China. The Kunlun Mountains are visible along the northern edge of the desert, capped in snow.

The greenish line cutting vertically across the desert is the Khotan River. Upon opening the full image, many individual rows of high sand dunes can be discerned throughout the desert, particularly to the east of the river.

On the right edge of the image thumbnail, just north of the desert, is Lake Bosten. Visible at the right edge of the full image, southeast of Lake Bosten, is the basin of the former Lake Lop Nur and a nearby field of salt pans, appearing as a greenish rectangular area. This part of the image appears hazy, as sand is blowing in the air.

Taklamakan Desert and Nearby Lakes, China

40.3N 86.6E

July 28th, 2010 Category: Lakes

China - July 17th, 2010

China - July 17th, 2010

The Taklamakan Desert fills the greater part of the Tarim Basin in west-central China. It is one of the world’s largest deserts, with a width of about 600 mi (960 km), and a surface area of 123,550 sq mi (320,000 sq km).

Although most of the image is dominated by the Taklamakan’s sand dunes, of note on the eastern end of the desert is an area of rectangular greenish blue salt fields (center of right edge). These are situated by the dry basin of the former Lake Lop Nur (best observed upon opening the full image).

Several lakes are visible nearby, including those in Tibet’s Lakes Region to the southeast and Lake Bosten to the north (above center). This dark blue freshwater lake has a surface area of about 1,000 square kilometers and provides irrigation for nearby agriculture.

Salt Fields on Dry Lake Bed of Lop Nur, China

40.0N 90.0E

April 12th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Salt Flats

China - March 5th, 2010

China - March 5th, 2010

The curved indentation towards the center of this image was once home to Lake Lop Nur, between between the Taklamakan (left) and Kuruktag (right) deserts in China.  In the 1950’s, the lake had a surface area of about 2,000 square km (770 square miles); however, all that has remained since the 1970’s is the dry, salt-encrusted lake bed.

Lop Nur is also known as “The Wandering Lake”, since changes in the balance between rainfall and evaporation  used to cause it to change considerably in both size and position. The green, rectangular area in the lake bed is a salt field and salt refining facility, constructed in 2002.

Lakes Near the Taklamakan Desert, China

42.0N 87.0E

October 19th, 2009 Category: Lakes

China - September 24th, 2009

China - September 24th, 2009

Several lakes are visible in this image of western China, despite being near to the arid Taklamakan Desert. Of note on the eastern end of the desert is the dry basin of the former Lake Lop Nur, now containing an area of salt fields that appear as a light yet bright blue rectangle.

Visible just north of the Taklamakan desert is Lake Bosten, a dark blue freshwater lake located 57 km northeast of Korla, Xinjiang in the Bayin’gholin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture. With an area of about 1,000 square kilometers, it is the largest lake in Xinjiang.

Further north, appearing greenish in color, is Lake Ulungur, in Fuhai, Xinjiang. Covering an area of 1,035 square kilometers, the lake is one of China’s ten largest freshwater lakes. Lake Ulungur is divided into two sections: Buluntuo Lake and the smaller Jili Lake.

Finally, the lower end of Lake Zaysan, a freshwater lake in eastern Kazakhstan, can be seen in the upper left corner. The ca. 1,810 km² (700 mi²) lake is located in a hollow between the Altai and Tarbagatai Mountains.