acquired August 8, 2008
acquired August 8, 2008

Turpan Basin, China



The dark surface of the Shanshan dune field absorbs sunlight more strongly than the adjacent Flaming Mountain, making it much hotter. Read more: Where Is the Hottest Place on Earth?

NASA images by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using Landsat 7 data from the USGS Global Visualization Viewer.