22 facts about Gobi Desert

Gobi Desert
11.The Gobi Desert is over 1,680 km (1,045 mi) long in the southwest-northeast direction and over 800 km (500 mi) in the north-south direction.
The widest section is in the western part.
12.Long time ago The Silk Road ran through the desert area and several cities were built on it.
It was and is a network of trade routes connecting the East and West allowing different civilizations to exchange goods, knowledge and culture. It lasted from 2nd century BCE to 18th century.
13.The temperature range in the Gobi desert is quite large. In summer temperatures here can exceed 40 °C (104 °F)  and in winter fall below -40 °C (-40 °F).
Moreover temperatures can change rapidly of as much as  35 °C (63 °F) within 24 hours.
14.The Gobi is a cold desert.
Snow covering sand dunes can be seen there occasionally.
15.The total annual precipitation varies from 50 to 200 mm (1.96 to 7.87 in) depending on the region.
16.The endemic species of the Gobi desert is the Przewalski's horse.
An attempt to reconstruct the population of this species in the wild is currently underway.
17.Animals characteristic of the area include onagets, snow leopards, bactrian camels and przewalski's horses.
Brown bears, wolves, donkeys and lizards can also be encountered on the Gobi.
18.Traces of primitive stone working have been found in the Gobi area, which are dated to over 100,000 years ago.
19.In 1987 the Mogao Caves located in the desert were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Mogao is a complex of 492 rock Buddhist temples, the oldest of which date back to the 4th century AD.
20.During paleontological research conducted between 1922 and 1923, dinosaur skeletons were discovered in the Gobi area
Alongside the skeletons paleonthologists found dinosaur eggs. It was first documented dinosaur egg discovery in human history.
Gobi Desert
22 facts about Gobi Desert

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