GOBI DESERT

The Gobi Desert is the largest desert in Asia and the fourth largest in the world.
It covers much of the southern part of Mongolia and a large part of Northern China.
It once formed part of the Mongol empire ruled by Genghis Khan and is considered to extend over 500,000 square miles.
Like nearly all deserts, it gets very hot in the summer but it’s also known for its extreme temperatures during the winter.
Snow and frost can often be seen on top of hills and dunes.
There are at times the most terrifying thunderstorms and powerful duststorms.
The Gobi desert has large rocky areas, large dry grasslands and lofty windswept plateaus.
Unlike the Sahara in Africa, much of the Gobi desert is not sandy at all with few sand dunes but has a barren expanse of gravel plains and exposed bare rock.
Mongolians call it the ‘land of the eternal sky’ because the landscape does not change at all for hundreds of miles.
In other words, it is where the sky meets the land.
There are also bodies of water scattered around called an oasis.
The north western region of the Gobi desert is also rich with dinosaur fossils.
The first dinosaur fossils were discovered in the Gobi desert in the 1920s.
The Desert is crossed by several historical trade routes including the Silk Road which connected Europe to south east Asia.
The Gobi desert is certainly one of the most desolate but remarkable and fascinating places on earth.

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