Reports published in the Chinese newspapers said that the engineers there were testing techniques that could be used to build a 1,000-km tunnel - the world's longest - to carry water from Tibet to Xinjiang by diverting the Yarlung Tsangpo river in southern Tibet to the Taklimakan Desert
In October 2004, ecologist Steve Running visited Flaming Mountain on the edge of the Taklimakan Desert
Dust Ball A July study reported that particles from a huge dust storm in China's Taklimakan desert
in 2007 circled the globe in less than 13 days, suggesting planet-wide impacts from regional desertification.
Below: the shifting sands of the Taklimakan Desert
beyond the Kefiya River, c.
Blinding sandstorms in the Taklimakan Desert
could strike at a moment's notice.
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.
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.
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).