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Turpan Depression Below Bogda Mountains, China

42.9N 89.1E

April 6th, 2010 Category: Mountains

China - March 5th, 2010

China - March 5th, 2010

The Turpan Depression or Turfan Depression is nestled at the foot of China’s Bogda Mountains, in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region in far western China. It is situated around and south of the city-oasis of Turpan, about 150 km southeast of the provincial capital Ürümqi.

By some measures, it is also the hottest and driest area in China. An area of sand dunes is visible in the depression near the image center. It includes the second lowest exposed point on the Earth’s surface (dry Lake Ayding, -154m, a greyish area west of the dunes), after the Dead Sea. In fact, the entire depression is below sea level.

The Turpan Basin is a fault-bounded trough located in the eastern part of the Tian Shan. It covers an area of 50,000 km². The surrounding mountain ranges are: the central Tian Shan in the west, the Bogda Shan in the north-west, the Haerlike Shan in the north-west, and the Jueluotage Shan in the south. Beyond the surrounding mountain ranges lie the Junggar Basin in the north and the Tarim Basin in the south.

Ürümqi and the Tian Shan Mountains, China

43.8N 87.6E

August 4th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

China - June 24th, 2009

China - June 24th, 2009

The city of Ürümqi, visible as a white area at the top of this orthorectified image, is the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China, in the northwest of the country.

With an urban population of over 2.3 million people, it is by far the largest city on China’s vast Western interior. In fact, Ürümqi has earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the most remote city from any sea in the world. It is about 1,400 miles (2,500 km) from the nearest coastline.

The city has an area of 10,989 km² and an average elevation of 800 metres. Here, a part of the nearby Tian Shan Mountain Range is also visible.

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

43.7N 88.5E

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.