see QaidamQaidam
or Tsaidam
, arid basin, c.350 mi (560 km) long and c.100 mi (160 km) wide, between two branches of the Kunlun range, central Qinghai prov., W China. A salt marsh occupies most of the area.
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It would have been a simple matter to detach a small force and send it along the route south of the Tsaidam to the Charklik/Miran area (the old Shanshan kingdom on the southern silk route), then north and west along the course of the Tarim, Yarkand and Kashgar rivers, where water, grazing and supplies would be available in larger quantities than in the drier climate of today, and so to rendezvous with the Turkish armies near Kashgar.
Hearing me speak of the Tsaidam and the Smigunovs, he had said coldly: "As a matter of fact, I am going back to Europe by that route.
China's Occupation of Tibet: China invaded Tibet in the 1950s and began developing the oil-rich Tsaidam Basin, driving out native Tibetans and repopulating the region with Chinese workers--many of them brought in to build a 4,200-kilometer West-East natural gas pipeline.
In early 1942, Chongqing successfully broke up this Muslim bloc by ordering Ma Buqing to transfer his troops to the Tsaidam Basin of Kokonor on the pretext of "colonizing and guarding" that area.
In return, Chongqing later issued an order allowing Ma Bufang to take over the forces in the Tsaidam.
The special features of the relief--large and deep depressions (Tarim, Tsaidam, the southern Helan Shan Plateau) surrounded by the high mountain massifs of the Tian Shan, Kunlun, Altun Shan and Nan--create an extremely dry climate, as these mountain ranges isolate the land from the moist air masses coming from the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
The Mongols who lived in the Tsaidam also moved their livestock away from the marshy areas in summer and to the mountains in order to avoid the flies, mosquitoes, and midges, which were especially troublesome for the camels.
E[acute accent]Storm Cat acquired its interest in the Tsaidam Exploration Contract in December 2004 for the purpose of drilling for natural gas from coals within the close proximity to Ulaanbaatar, the country's capital.
Subsequently, on this Tsaidam Project, located in the vicinity of Ulaanbaatar (the capital city of Mongolia), a large coal sample was taken and analyzed for coal rank and adsorption capacity.
QGX"), an Ontario-based company, whereby Key Gold can earn an interest in the following three exploration licenses in Mongolia held by QGX: Uhaa Hudag, Bayan Bulag, and Tsaidam.
The strategically designed contract area, Block XXVI or the Tsaidam Block, comprises 22,407 square kilometers or 5,536,893 acres of land, of which over 500,000 acres include geologically mapped coal deposits.