Dust storm across the Taklimakan desert • Earth.com

Last update: December 9th, 2019 at 8:00 am

The Taklimakan desert is one of the driest, most barren expanses on Earth. Flanked by mountain ranges on three sides and parched by the resulting rain shadow, parts of the desert receive no more than 10 millimeters (0.4 inches) of rain per year.

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