Deserts

The Gobi Desert (Desert Week 2012)

The rain shadow caused by the massive bulk of the Himalayan mountains creates arid conditions for a huge distance to the east. The 1,600km (1,000 mile) long arc of the Gobi Desert spans the border between China and Mongolia; it…

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Monday, 9th July 2012

The Salton Sea on Street View (Desert Week 2011)

The Salton Sea is not a desert — it’s the largest body of water in California. We first posted1 about this landlocked “sea” back in 2005 (it’s technically NOT ‘man made’) – but since that post the Street View car…

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Friday, 24th June 2011

Mojave Desert and Owens Valley (Desert Week 2011)

I recently took a weekend trip up to Yosemite National Park from Los Angeles, and typically for me, I took the an unusual route to get there. Along the way, I passed through some stunning scenery, and also learned some…

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Thursday, 23rd June 2011

White Sands National Monument (Desert Week 2011)

We paid a brief visit to White Sands National Monument five years ago, but with newer imagery now available, this year’s Desert Week seems like a great excuse for a return visit to this absolutely fascinating field of white sand…

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Wednesday, 22nd June 2011

Felicity, California (Desert Week 2011)

Did you know that the ‘Official Center of the World’ lies just off of an exit ramp in the middle of the Sonoran Desert of California? It’s true. There’s even a plaque and everything. In 1985, skydiving pioneer/investor/budding children’s author…

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Tuesday, 21st June 2011

Mystery Sand Formation (Desert Week 2011)

For our first post of Desert Week 2011, we’re travelling to the Grand Erg Oriental, or ‘Great Eastern Sand Sea’ of the Sahara desert in north-eastern Algeria, where we find a mysterious formation in the sand… The image was taken…

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Monday, 20th June 2011
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