Gobi Desert Facts & Pictures by Nomadic Trails

Gobi Means Desert in Mongolian. So it means, “Desert” Desert in English.

Gobi Desert is massive, measures over 1,600 km (1,000 mi) from southwest to northeast and 800 km (500 mi) from north to south from Tibetan plateau to Gobi Altay Mountain range.

Gobi is a cold desert, with frost and occasionally snow occurring on its dunes. Besides being quite far north, it is also located on a plateau roughly 910–1,520 metres (2,990–4,990 ft) above sea level, which contributes to its low temperatures. An average of approximately 194 millimetres (7.6 in) of rain falls annually in the Gobi. Additional moisture reaches parts of the Gobi in winter as snow is blown by the wind from the Siberian Steppes. These winds may cause the Gobi to reach −40 °C (−40 °F) in winter to 45 °C (113 °F) in summer.[5]

The climate of the Gobi is one of great extremes, combined with rapid changes of temperature of as much as 35 °C (63 °F). These can occur not only seasonally but within 24 hours.

Gobi Desert – Interesting facts & pictures by Nomadic Trails Mongolia

Picture 1. Gobi Road

Gobi road

Picture 2. Western Gobi.

There are 33 different deserts named after Gobi in Mongolia. Like Shargiin Gobi, Galbiin Gobi and Lama Gobi and etc.

In southern Mongolia, the temperature has been recorded as low as −32.8 °C (−27.0 °F). In contrast, in Alxa, Inner Mongolia, it rises as high as 37 °C (99 °F) in July.

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Picture 3. Tsagaan Suvarga

Much of the Gobi is not sandy but has exposed bare rock.Tsagaan Suvarga4

Picture 4. Bayanzag, The flaming cliffs

It was given this name by American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews, who visited in the 1920s. The area is most famous for yielding the first discovery of dinosaur eggs. Other finds in the area include specimens of Velociraptor and eutherian mammals. 

This region is locally called Ulaan Ereg (Red dry river bank )


Picture 5. Protoceraptors fossil bone

The Gobi Desert is the source of many important fossil finds, including the first dinosaur eggs. Protoceraptors fossil bones hugely found in Gobi, Mongolia


Picture 6. Tsagaan Suvarga,

There are different types of soil indicates, bottom of ancient sea.

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Picture 7. Camel with funny hair style

The Bactrian camel has two humps on its back, in contrast to the single-humped dromedary camel. Camel population in Mongolia is 260, 000.

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Picture 8. Hermen Tsav,

One of the pretty canyons in the Gobi, Hermen Tsav continues about 25 km long and more than 10 km wide. Hermen Tsav8

Picture 9. Hermen Tsav 2.

There are different soils and sand dunes in the canyon being washed by flash floods over the years and is changing it’s shape.

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Picture 10. Standing the traffic policeman in the Gobi

During communist period, traffic policemen with big whistles  were standing in the middle of traffic in socialist countries.Hermen Tsav11

Picture 11. Hermen Tsav, west Gobi

Gobi desert is the 5th largest desert in the world and is extending more to grassland in China.

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Picture 12. Part of Empty Gobi

Gobi is located on a plateau roughly 910–1,520 metres (2,990–4,990 ft) above sea level, which contributes to its low temperatures.

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Picture 13. Sand Dunes in Gobi

Hongor Sand Dunes is one of most visited Sand dunes in Mongolia, reaching 200 m tall.

Kkhongor Sand Dunes

Picture 14. In the middle of Gobi

There were a few towns and settlements that Silk road and Tea roads used to pass in the Gobi Tsagaan Suvarga8

Picture 15. Old Man in the Gobi

Lowest density of population of Mongolia lived in Gobi. ( lower than 0.4 person per 1 Sq km. in 2017)old man

Picture 16. Ancient Volcano in the Gobi

There are about 50 ancient sleeping volcanoes in the Gobi. Hatan Suudal, one of ancient volcanoes.Hatan Suudal

Picture 17.  Morning in the GobiTsagaan Suvarga7

Picture 18. In the middle of GobiTsagaan Suvarga6

Picture 19. In the middle of GobiTsagaan Suvarga5

Picture 20. Gobi Iris

The most common vegetation in the Gobi desert are shrubs adapted to drought. Iris in GObi

Picture 22. Girl with Camels

Children in long summer holiday is great workforce. Girl with camels