Imaggeo On Monday: An ever evolving landscape – Orog Nuur, Mongolia

Imaggeo On Monday: An ever evolving landscape – Orog Nuur, Mongolia

At the transition from the Gobi Altay ranges to the Valley of the Lakes in South West Mongolia, the Ikh Bogd mountain towers almost 3000 m above the aridifying endorheic Orog Nuur Basin. The actively deforming mountain front shows traces of multiple earthquakes, which in turn affect the alluvial sediments deposited in the basin. Simultaneously, strong south-eastward winds create beautiful barchan dunes. This photo reflects the interplay of multiple dynamic factors that shape and influence the landscape system.

Description by Jorien van der Wal, after the description on


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