The mysterious yardang landform in NW China's Xinjiang

This is the Tianshan Mysterious Grand Canyon in Kuqa County, Aksu Prefecture, in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. It is one of the best examples of the yardang landform in the world. This unique landform is sculpted by wind.

Yardang is usually formed in dry environments where water is scarce and have strong winds. Wind erosions along with sand abrasion create the sharp ridges and mysterious shapes of the rocks.

(All photos captured on July 24, 2020 by Ai Peng.)

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