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Taklimakan Desert in Xinjiang The Taklamakan Desert, also known as Taklimakan, is a desert in Central Asia, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. As one of the largest sand deserts in the world, the Taklimakan Desert covers an area of 330,000 square kilometers.It is bounded by the Kunlun Mountains to the south, and the Pamir Mountains and Tian Shan (ancient Mount Imeon) to the west and north. It is crossed at its northern and at its southern edge by two branches of the Silk…

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An artist depicts what a Celtic mummy found in China may have looked like thousands of years ago on the ancient silk road. Hundreds of ancient Europeans were lost in the Taklamakan Desert in the region of Xinjiang, western China. The woman pictured was accompanied by the mummy of a reddish brown haired Celtic man with a ginger beard. He was buried wearing a red twill tunic and tartan leggings. The woman's face was painted with curling designs presumed for burial.

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Photo: Taklamakan Desert is a desert in southwest Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, northwest China. It is bounded by the Kunlun Mountains to the south, the Pamir Mountains and Tian Shan (ancient Mount Imeon) to the west and north, and the Gobi Desert to the east.

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Cool Science Facts: There is a giant underground ocean hidden in the Taklamakan Desert.

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Sand dunes and yellow polar trees, Taklamakan Desert (China) by George Steinmetz

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No. 31 Gaochang, Xinjiang, China

Gaochang, China is the site of an ancient oasis city built on the northern rim of the inhospitable Taklamakan Desert in Xinjiang, China, built in the 1st century BC as an important site along the Silk Road. A key role as a transportation hub in western China. Buddhism spread to China from India along the northern branch of the Silk Road in the 4th and 5th centuries. The building of Buddhist grottos began during this period, clustering close to Gaochang, the largest being the Bezeklik…

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Taklamakan Desert is the largest in China and is located in the center of Tarim Basin, in the south of Xinjiang Province

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