solar battery for wind monitoring machines in Kumtag desert in
northwestern China on September 11, 2007.
An integrated scientific investigation team set up a wind
monitoring station in Kumtag Desert in northwest China on September
This is the first time that China sets up such a wind monitoring
station at the Kumtag Desert, which stretches about 2,500 square
kilometers between Lop Nur of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur
Autonomous Region and Dunhuang of northwest Gansu province.
"Kumtag" means "sand hill" in Uygur. As its name suggests, the
desert, also sandwiched between two huge mountain ranges: the
Tianshan Mountains to the north and Altun Mountains to the south,
has the toughest natural conditions in northwestern China's arid
region. Home to China's driest and thickest floating sand, the
Kumtag Desert is known as China's "Polar of Drought".
The wind monitoring station will work to forecast wind speed and
direction in the desert.
The report says that three more wind stations will be
established in the near future. The stations will help to tell how
sandstorms are formed and how they evolve.
Scientists adjust wind
monitoring machines in Kumtag desert in northwestern China on
September 11, 2007.
(CRI September 14, 2007)