The Taklimakan Desert is beautiful in its desolation. Very little grows in the basin desert, leaving exposed the textures of the landscape. Shifting sand dunes ruffle the center of the basin, which is framed by craggy, dark-colored mountains. Lined with channels carved by melting snow, smooth alluvial plains fan out from the base of the mountains.
But not all of the geology is visible. On February 1, 2014, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this true-color image, one of the region's frequent dust storms swept across the basin, obscuring the ground below. (more)
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