Taklimakan


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Taklimakan

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Takla Makan

(tä'kləməkän`), vast sandy desert, c.125,000 sq mi (323,750 sq km), central Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, NW China, between the Kunlun Mts. on the south and the Tian Shan Mts. and Tarim River on the north; occupies most of the Tarim basin. The Taklimakan is a bleak and uninhabited region, rimmed by many oases linked by caravan routes. Numerous mountain streams disappear into the desert, which is traversed by the channel of the Hotan (Khotan), an intermittent stream. The chief towns and oases are Shache (Yarkant) and Hotan. The earliest Chinese contacts with the West were made along the Taklimakan oases.
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Stein spent four years exploring Iran, uncovering a 5,000-year-old Neolithic settlement; Below: crossing the Taklimakan Desert, 1906-08.
There the trade route split into northern and southern trails above and below the inhospitable Taklimakan Desert, crossing the Iranian plateau and ending up in Mediterranean cities such as Antioch and Tyre.
Ginoux and his colleagues have identified 10 main sources of global dust events including the Sahara Desert, the Sahel region, the Namibian desert lands of southwestern Africa, the Indus Valley in India, the Taklimakan Desert north of the Himalaya, the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, the Lake Eyre basin in Australia, the Salton Sea in southeastern California, the Altiplano stretching between Bolivia and Peru, and the Patagonian region of the Andes Mountains.
Figure 1 and 2 show six wind erosion centers, which are Junggar Basin, Qaidam Basin, Alashan Gobi, northern Inner Mogolia Plateau, Horqin Steppe, and Taklimakan Desert (though no detailed data is available).
Relationship Between Sand Ripple Moving Speed and Wind Speed under Local Wind Tunnel Experiment by Using Natural Sand in Taklimakan Desert
The hall is the largest of its kind found in the Taklimakan Desert since the first archaeologist came to work in the area in the 20th century," said Wu, also head of the Xinjiang archeological team of the Chinese Academy of Social Science.
Then, across the Taklimakan Desert, once the center of Buddhist civilisation, to visit the oases of the Uygur people You'll gain fascinating insights into the region's Buddhist, Mongol and Moslem heritage.
The next day, it was time for our own journey into the fearsome Taklimakan Desert, which swallows up two-thirds of the province.
The Chinese government told Moscow that the Dongfeng-31 missile will be targeted at the Taklimakan Desert in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region from a firing range 2,500 kilometers away, Tass said.
Known as the Roof of the World, Tibet sprawls across a lofty plateau between two formidable barriers: the Himalayas to the south and the Taklimakan Desert to the north.
The total area of the basin is some 138 million acres (560,000 square kilometers), more than half of which is covered by the Taklimakan Desert.
The town, covering at least 65,000 square meters, was uncovered last week in the Taklimakan Desert in Qira county, Hotan prefecture, Dr.