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Thick Dust Over Taklamakan Desert, China

39.0N 81.0E

November 10th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Dust Storms

China – November 10th, 2012

Strong winds continue to blow dust about the Taklamakan Desert, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. The cloud of dust is quite thick and opaque, almost entirely obscuring the western half of the desert.

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 Taklamakan Desert, China – November 3rd, 2012

35.4N 89.0E

November 3rd, 2012 Category: Deserts, Dust Storms, Image of the day

China – November 2nd, 2012

A large dust storm originating in the Taklamakan Desert blows sand about the Tarim Basin and the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of northwestern China. The dust is airborne over the eastern portion of the 337,000 km2. (130,116 sq. mi.) desert and continues to blow eastward. Its passage to the north, south and west is blocked by mountain ranges.

Khotan River Crossing Taklamakan Desert, China

38.7N 80.5E

October 22nd, 2011 Category: Deserts, Mountains, Rivers

China - October 18th, 2011

The Khotan River can be seen crossing the western half of the Taklamakan Desert in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China. It is formed by the union of the White Jade (Yurungkash) and Black Jade (Karakash) Rivers, which flow north from the Kunlun Mountains into the Taklamakan Desert in the northern part of the country.

The two rivers unite towards the middle of the desert, some 145 kilometres (90 mi) north of the town of Khotan. The river then flows 290 kilometres (180 mi) northwards across the desert and empties itself into the Tarim River. Because the river is fed by melting snow from the mountains, it only carries water during the summer and is dry the rest of the year. The Khotan river bed provides the only transportation system across the Tarim Basin.

Dust Continues to Blow Over Taklamakan Desert, China

39.5N 82.8E

September 2nd, 2011 Category: Dust Storms

China - August 30th, 2011

Dust continues to blow in the air over the Taklamakan Desert, in the Tarim Basin, in China. However, it seems to have settled slightly since our previous observance (click here), as it is concentrated around the edges of the basin but more of the central part is visible.

The Tarim Basin is a large endorheic basin occupying an area of about 906,500 km2 (350,000 sq mi). It is located in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China’s far west. The Taklamakan Desert dominates much of the basin, covering a surface area of 337,000 sq. km. (130,116 sq. mi.).

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