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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.

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 Afghanistan Near Pamir Mountains – October 9th, 2011

34.3N 69.6E

October 9th, 2011 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Afghanistan and Pakistan - October 6th, 2011

A large dust storm in Afghanistan is visible as a light tan cloud in the upper left quadrant of this image. The Pamir Mountains prevent the dust from spreading further east/northeast.

To the southeast, in Pakistan, part of the Indus River Valley can be seen clearly as a wide green area traversed by tan, sediment-loaded rivers.

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.