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Smoke Over Eastern China and Dust by Qaidam Basin

38.7N 102.4E

July 27th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Dust Storms, Fires, Lakes

China - July 22nd, 2011

Smoke hovers in the air over eastern China, obscuring the ground below. To the west of the cloud of smoke, however, the Badain Jaran Desert can be seen left of the center of the image. The desert covers an area of 49,000 sq. kilometers (19,000 sq. miles).

Visible to the southwest of the desert is Qinghai Lake, a saline body of water in a depression of the Tibetan Plateau in the province of Qinghai. Upon opening the full image, some dust can be seen at the far left edge, blowing over the Qaidam Basin to the northwest of the lake.

Hala Lake in China’s Qaidam Basin

38.3N 97.5E

November 2nd, 2009 Category: Lakes

China - August 31st, 2009

China - August 31st, 2009

Qaidam Basin is a hyperarid basin in Qinghai Province, western China, at an altitude between 2600 to 3300 meters. The basin covers an area of approximately 120,000 km2, one fourth of which is covered by saline lakes and playas. Here, Hala Lake, one of the largest salt lakes in the basin, is visible.

The basin’s large natural reserves include asbestos, borax, gypsum, natural gas, and several metals, with the greatest reserves of lithium, magnesium, potassium and sodium of anywhere in China. The presence of oil and natural gas have created great investment interest since 2005.

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