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Virtual Earth map of Oil Quest in Taklamakan (Xinjiang,China)

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The Taklamakan (also Taklimakan) is a desert of Central Asia, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China. It is known as the largest sand-only desert in the world. Some references fancifully state that Taklamakan means "if you go in, you won't come out"; others state that it means "Desert of Death" or "Place of No Return". "Makan" is a Turkic word meaning "place", of Arabic origin: the word may mean something different if treated as original pre-Islamic native Turkic.

Today it's a geant oil quest...

http://www.cctv.com/english/special/C14808/20051020/101485.shtml



 

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