Earth from Space: Proba image of the Gobi Desert in China (by europeanspaceagency)
This Proba image shows numerous small lakes in the otherwise arid environment of the Gobi Desert in the Chinese Autonomous Region of Inner Mongolia, surrounded by some of the highest and largest sand dunes in the world. This image was acquired on 29 September 2005 by the Compact High Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (CHRIS). Credit: ESA.
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In westernmost China lies the Tarim Basin, home to the Taklimakan Desert—the biggest, hottest, driest desert in China. Sand dunes cover about 85 percent of the Taklimakan, often feeding massive dust storms. Isolated from the Asian monsoon and from Arctic storms, the central basin receives less than 10 millimeters (0.4 inches) of precipitation per year. In such a parched environment, plants are rare, and yet they exist. In the summertime, they appear to thrive. Runoff from the Tien Shan mountains and the Kunlun Shan mountains feed rivers, which in turn support vegetation. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of the Tarim Basin on August 6, 2011. (via NASA Earth Observatory)
The tail end of a truck protrudes from debris inside the Beijing sinkhole on April 26. According to news reports, the driver and a passenger jumped out of the vehicle before it sank into the hole. Both people were only slightly injured. (…) Based on the pictures, the Beijing sinkhole is about 25 feet (7.6 meters) wide and about 35 feet (10.6 meters) deep. (via Pictures: Sinkhole Opens in Beijing Road, Swallows Truck - National Geographic)
Fuente: National Geographic