"Treasure bowl" Qaidam Basin
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Tourists visit the Qirhan Salt Lake in the hinterland of Qaidam Basin, southwest China's Qinghai Province, June 15, 2006. Qinghai-Tibet railway runs through the Golmud City which situates in southern Qaidam Basin, known as a "treasure bowl." The basin, the elevation of its floor is 2,600-3,000 m above sea level, adjoins the Qilian Mountain in the north and northeast, the Altun Mountains in the northwest, and the Kunlun Mountains in the south. Abundant reserves of oil, natural gas, borax, asbestos, gypsum and metals have earned Qaidam -- which means "salt marsh" in Mongolian.

Tourists visit the Qirhan Salt Lake in the hinterland of Qaidam Basin, southwest China's Qinghai Province, June 15, 2006. Qinghai-Tibet railway runs through the Golmud City which situates in southern Qaidam Basin, known as a "treasure bowl." The basin, the elevation of its floor is 2,600-3,000 m above sea level, adjoins the Qilian Mountain in the north and northeast, the Altun Mountains in the northwest, and the Kunlun Mountains in the south. Abundant reserves of oil, natural gas, borax, asbestos, gypsum and metals have earned Qaidam -- which means "salt marsh" in Mongolian. (Xinhua Photo)
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