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Satellite Image: Taklamakan
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The oval area in the middle of the image is the Taklamakan Desert (also Taklimakan) - one of the largest and most dangerous sand deserts in the world. Taklamakan supposedly means "Desert of Death" or "Place of No Return". It is located in the Tarim Basin of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China, north of the Himalaya, and covers an area of 270,000 km˛. There are several oasis towns - Kashgar, Yarkand, and Khotan (Hetian) in the South-West, Kuqa and Turfan in the North, and Loulan and Dunhuang in the East. The White Jade River flows into the Taklamakan, originating in the Kunlun mountains.
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