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The Taklamakan Desert

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Anton Vellnagel

on 2 June 2014

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Transcript of The Taklamakan Desert

What and Where?
The Taklamakan Desert

What is a Desert?
Polar desert
Warm, arid and sandy desert
38.9 degrees North, 82.2 degrees East
Located in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China
It is landlocked, with many mountains surrounding it
The Taklamakan is part of the very large Tarim Basin
It is 337 600 square kilometres in size
Very arid and dry
Massive difference in climate and seasons
The region is quite high up, with an average elevation of about 3600 metres
18th largest desert in the world

How and Why?
Rain Shadow
Dry air descends
Moist air rises
Shifting Sands
Round and Fine-grained sand
Cross-desert Highway
People travel to the oil fields found in the desert
Populus Euphratica (Taklamakan Euphrates Poplar Trees)
Water utilization is causing the mass death of the ancient poplars and is threatening rare and diverse species
Desert slowly expanding and becoming dryer (desertification) due to global warming and loss of vegetation
How and Why?
Moist air rises
Dry air descends
Round, fine-grained sands
Strong winds change, shape and move the sands (the Shifting Sands)
Cross-desert Highway
People travel to the oil fields
Livestock overgraze and promote aridity and desertification
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