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Sci Rep. 2017 Jan 5;7:40238. doi: 10.1038/srep40238.

Local Circulation Maintains the Coexistence of Lake-dune Pattern in the Badain Jaran Desert.

Zhang K1, Cai D1,2, Ao Y1, An Z1, Guo Z1,2.

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Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000, China.
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China.


Previous studies proposed various hypotheses to the formation of the mega-dunes and water recharge of the lakes in the Badain Jaran Desert but left the coexistence of lake-dune pattern unsolved. This research found that the local circulation, generated from the differences of thermodynamic properties and the unique landscape settings between lakes and mega-dunes, can be applied to interpret the pattern.

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