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Strong Winds Carrying Dust Across Northwest China

36.2N 97.0E

March 9th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

China – March 9th, 2013

A large dust storm has been greatly affecting visibility and disrupting traffic across Xinjiang Uygur and other provinces in northwest China (click here for previous images). Visibility along key highways has been reduced to less than 50 meters.

The dust storm is tied to a cold front sweeping across the country that, although it hasn’t had other strong meterological effects, has brought strong winds of 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph, which, in turn, have picked up and carried large amounts of dust.

Potassium Chloride Factory by Lop Lake Basin, China

40.5N 90.5E

January 9th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Lakes

China - January 6th, 2012

Visible just above the center of this image is Lop Lake or Lop Nur, a group of small, now seasonal salt lake sand marshes between the Taklamakan and Kuruktag deserts in the Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture, southeastern portion of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the People’s Republic of China.

The lake system into which the Tarim River and Shule River empty is the last remnant of the historical post-glacial Tarim Lake, which once covered more than 10,000 km2 (3,900 sq mi) in the Tarim Basin. Lop Nur is hydrologically endorheic—it is landbound and there is no outlet. The lake system has largely dried up from its 1928 measured area of 3,100 km2 (1,200 sq mi) and the desert has spread by windblown sandy loess. This has shifted the lake system 30 to 40 kilometres (19 to 25 mi) westwards during the past 40 years. The rectangular, teal area just above the dry basin is a potassium chloride factory.


Taklamakan Desert to Tian Shan Mountains, China

40.2N 82.2E

June 19th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Mountains

China - May 23rd, 2011

The Taklamakan Desert is located in Central Asia, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. It is the world’s 17th largest desert, covering an area of 270,000 km2 (100,000 sq mi) of the Tarim Basin.

It is bounded by the Tian Shan mountains to the north, visible as a snow-capped ridge at the top of this image. Between the sandy desert and the mountains, some small lakes can be observed.


Contours of China by Kunlun Mountains

March 15th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Kunlun Mountains, China - March 9th, 2009

Kunlun Mountains, China - March 9th, 2009

The Kunlun Mountains can be seen on the left side of this image of part of China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, on the southern rim of the Taklamakan desert in the Tarim Basin.

The terrain on the right half of the image changes considerably, sloping downward and becoming less mountainous.

The radar accentuates the contours of the land around the Yarkand River as it flows northwards, down from the Kunlun Mountains.

Sand Dunes of the Taklamakan Desert, China

February 16th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Taklamakan desert, China - February 13th, 2009

Taklamakan desert, China - February 13th, 2009

Taklamakan desert in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (photo by Pravit)

Taklamakan desert in Xinjiang Uyghur

The radar (ASAR) image makes it possible to observe the contours of the Taklamkan Desert‘s sand dunes in great detail.

The desert, also known as Taklimakan, is  in Central Asia, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China.

It is bounded by Kunlun Mountains to the South, and the Pamir Mountains and Tian Shan (ancient Mount Imeon) to the West and North.

Taklamakan is known as one of the largest sandy deserts in the world, ranking 15th in size in a ranking of the world’s largest non-polar deserts. It covers an area of 270,000 km² of the Tarim Basin, 1,000 km long and 400 km wide.

source Wikipedia