Tarim Basin

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Map including part of the TʻA-LI-MU PʻEN-TI (TARIM BASIN) (DMA, 1974)


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  • enPR: tärēmʹ, därēmʹ

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Tarim Basin

  1. (geography) An endorheic basin in Xinjiang, northwest China, occupying an area of about 906,500 km2 (350,000 sq mi).
    • 1996 May 7, John Noble Wilford, “Mummies, Textiles Offer Evidence Of Europeans in Far East”, in The New York Times[1], →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 2009-08-07, SCIENCE‎[2]:
      More surprises were in store. In the last two decades, Chinese archeologists digging in the same region, the Tarim Basin in Xinjiang Province, have uncovered more than 100 naturally mummified corpses of people who lived there 4,000 to 2,400 years ago.
    • 1999, Elizabeth Wayland Barber, The Mummies of Ürümchi[3], W. W. Norton & Company, →ISBN, →LCCN, →OCLC, page 43:
      At Cherchen, the only town of any size in the entire southeastern quadrant of the Tarim Basin (itself an oval 400 by 800 miles in diameter, mostly desert), they learned that locals had discovered an extensive antique cemetery on a plateau above the nearby hamlet of Zaghunluq.
    • 2019 October 4, Aizhu in Singapore Chen, Sun Yilei in Shanghai, “PetroChina unit strikes high oil, gas flows in deep Tarim well”, in Kenneth Maxwell, editor, Reuters[4], archived from the original on 05 October 2019, Commodities:
      The Tarim basin currently has an annual production capacity of over 2 million tonnes of condensate and 10 bcm of natural gas.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:Tarim Basin.


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