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Dust Storm Over Tarim Basin, China

39.1N 82.9E

March 15th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

China – March 11th, 2013

Winds blowing about the Tarim Basin kick up a large quantity of dust particles that obscure the entirety of the Taklamakan Desert, in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The tall mountains surrounding the desert – the Tian Shan to the north, the Kunlun Mountains to the south, and the Pamir Mountains to the west, keep much of the dust from blowing beyond the basin. However, much escapes via the eastern side, through the Gobi Desert, and can blow eastward across the country.

Dust Over Western Half of Taklamakan Desert, China

38.8N 80.2E

October 4th, 2011 Category: Dust Storms, Rivers

China - August 24th, 2011

Dust hangs in the air over the western part of the Taklamakan Desert, in the Tarim Basin. The veil of dust partially obscures the Tarim River below it.

The Tarim River is the principal river of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the People’s Republic of China. It gives its name to the great Tarim Basin between the Tian Shan and Kunlun Mountains systems of Central Asia. It is the longest inland river in China with an annual flow of 4-6 billion cubic meters or 150.4 cubic metres per second (5,310 cu ft/s).

Lakes in Mongolia’s Uvs Province and China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region

November 23rd, 2009 Category: Lakes

Mongolia and China - October 7th, 2009

Mongolia and China - October 7th, 2009

Uvs is one of the 21 aimags (provinces) of Mongolia. It is located in the west of the country, 1336 km away from the national capital Ulan Bator. Its capital is Ulaangom, which lies 936m above sea level.

Parts of the steppe in this province are protected as the World Heritage Site Uvs Nuur Basin. In the north, just out of view, the province borders the Russian Federation for 640km, in the east 340 km of border lies between Uvs and Zavkhan province. In the south and west it borders with Khovd and Bayan-Ölgii provinces for 200km each.

The province occupies 4.45% of the national territory, which is equivalent of 69,585 sq. km. Sixty percent of the total area of the province belongs to the mountainous climatic zone, and 40% to the Gobi semi-desert.

The province is named after Mongolia’s biggest lake, Uvs Nuur, touching the top edge of the image. Also visible here are the other five major lakes of Mongolia’s Great Lakes Depression: Lakes Khyargas (below Lake Uvs), Airag (smaller, just south of the former), Khar-Us (southwest of Lake Khyargas), Khar (east of the former) and Dörgön (south of Lake Khar).

Another body of water, Lake Ulungur, is visible near the center of the left edge. This lake, as well as the rest of the land in the lower left quadrant, belongs to China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Mountains South of China-Kyrgyzstan Border in the Tarim Basin – November 16th, 2009

40.6N 80.3E

November 16th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

China - October 22nd, 2009

China - October 22nd, 2009

In this orthorectified image, long mountain ridges south of the China-Kyrgyzstan border can be seen north of Qianniao Lake in Tarim Basin in western China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The ridge running towards the lake from the bottom left corner reaches heights of around 1400 meters, while some of those farther north exceed 3000 meters.

Many of the lower-laying areas are dominated by desert, although some agriculture appears to be present near the lake. The lake is most likely fed by the Khotan River, which flows across the Taklamakan Desert 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.

Tarim River North of Taklamakan Desert Dunes, China

40.9N 86.7E

July 13th, 2009 Category: Rivers

China - June 24th, 2009

China - June 24th, 2009

The Tarim River is the principal river of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the People’s Republic of China. It gives its name to the arid Tarim Basin.

Formed from the union of the Aksu River and Yarkand River, it flows in an eastward direction around the Taklamakan Desert for most of its length. Here, the tall sand dunes of the desert can be seen below the river.

It is the longest inland river in China, with a total length of 2,030 km (or 1,260 mi) and an annual flow of 4-6 billion cubic meters. However, it is shallow and unsuitable for navigation.

The Tarim River itself actively migrates, meaning its beds and banks shift. Due to its heavy silt load, it forms a braided stream near its terminus at the Godzareh depression.

It used to drain into Lake Lop Nur, China’s “Wandering Lake”, but irrigation works and reservoirs created on the river’s middle reaches, such as those visible as a dark area at the top center, caused the disappearance of the lake around 1970.

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