Sitting inside the Tarim Basin, the Taklimakan Desert is the warmest, driest, largest desert in China, and it ranks among the world’s largest shifting-sand deserts. Sand dunes cover about 85 percent of the desert floor, some of them reaching 200 meters (650 feet). The sand dunes provide plentiful material for dust storms, which often blow eastward out of the Tarim Basin.
Despite the basin’s aridity, it does support some vegetation, which is apparent in the summertime. In this image, dust plumes along the basin’s southern margin hide vegetation in that region. Along the basin’s northern edge is a large cloudbank, which might be associated with the same weather system that has stirred the desert dust. (EarthObservatory)
If you value what we do here, create your ad-free account and support our journalism.
Producing content you read on this website takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work. If you value what we do here, select the level of your support and register your account.
Your support makes this project fully self-sustainable and keeps us independent and focused on the content we love to create and share.
All our supporters can browse the website without ads, allowing much faster speeds and a clean interface. Your comments will be instantly approved and you’ll have a direct line of communication with us from within your account dashboard. You can suggest new features and apps and you’ll be able to use them before they go live.
You can choose the level of your support.
Stay kind, vigilant and ready!