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Agriculture Between the Dzoosotoyn Elisen Desert and the Bogda Shan Mountains, China

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July 15th, 2009 Category: Rivers, Snapshots

China - June 24th, 2009

China - June 24th, 2009

A river-fed area supporting agriculture squeezes itself in between the Dzoosotoyn Elisen Desert (above) and the Bogda Shan Mountains (below), in the People’s Republic of China.

The Dzoosotoyn Elisen is a remote, arid and rugged area of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region. The desert is the second largest desert in China, after the Taklamakan Desert, which is also located in Xinjiang. The desert is approximately 50,000 square kilometers (19,000 mi²), and located around 300 to 600 meters above sea level.

It is in this desert that the remotest point of land from any sea is located, at over 2,600 kilometers (1,600 mi) from the nearest coastline.

To the south, the orthorectified contours of the Bogda Shan Range are visible. This range is part of the eastern Tien Shan Mountains, and located in Xinjiang, not far from Ürümqi. The highest elevation is Bogda Feng, at 5445 m.

Meeting of Central Asian Borders Amidst Valleys and Mountains – April 10th, 2009

April 10th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Central Asia - April 9th, 2009

Central Asia - April 9th, 2009

Close-up

Close-up

The land visible here is around the borders of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Krygystan and Kazakhstan.

The mountains to the north are part of the Tien Shan Range, while those to the south are part of the Pamir Range.

Most of the mountainous area to the north and east is part of Krygystan, while that to the south belongs to Tajikistan.

Most of the valley encircled by the mountains belongs to Krygystan, while a small section wrapping around the greenish lake, the Kairakum Reservoir, is part of Tajikistan.

Finally, the lands to the north and the agricultural areas to the northwest of the mountainous belong to Kazakhstan.

The close-up focuses on the Kairakum Reservoir, while the Charvak Reservoir is also visible to its north, nestled among the mountains.