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Tibetan Fan

Tibetan Fan

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, September 18, 2019/Categories: natural history, photography, space science, art and design, environment, adventure

       Alluvial Fan and Glacial River, Xinjiang Province, China (credit: NASA Terra satellite)

Sometimes, space photograph would be an excellent addition to an abstract art exhibit.

NASA's Terra Earth monitoring satellite captured an image of a large alluvial fan formed by the Kunlun  Mountains in western China. The mountains lie on the northern edge of the Tibetan Plateau and the southern border of the hyper-arid Taklimakan Desert. An electric blue, glacial-fed river flows out of the mountains carrying silts. The silt becomes deposited as the river flows out onto the flat desert turning into fans and braided channels as the water disappears.

Earth images could easily hang well among any Monet, Picasso, or de Kooning painting in an art gallery.



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