Fascination - Gobi  

Touch the horizon...
   

 Silk Road and dinosaur eggs...

Junction of the Silk Road, China's springboard into space, is the Gobi desert. She has written history and is still in many areas today a "Terra Incognita", an unknown world. From Marco Polo to Sven Hedin, all have reported the Gobi and were ultimately expire her. For many of us this desert is connected to a mystical conception. The Gobi is the largest desert in Asia. No tourist can imagine without a visit to this desert a trip to Mongolia. Strictly speaking, it is the Mongolian part of the Gobi, only around the edge of the Gobi. The central part is located in China in the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia. Nevertheless, even this northern part is impressive. The Gobi long time ago was totally different - green, full of grass and water - remember the numerous dinosaur finds. These giant lizards have, millions of years ago, inhabited the Gobi Region. Different theories try to explain its extinction. Fact is, the troubles their fossil remains without major can be found in the Gobi.
 

Vultures and sheep’s...

The Gobi is home to some rare species. One can find the Gobi bear (Ursus gobiensis), the Argali sheep and further south is also the snow leopard in its natural homeland. In the southwestern corner is in an international project that Przewalskij - horse, which is considered ancient horse or ancestral species of the current horse, reintroduce, after only a few copies have survived in European zoos. Main means of transport in remote areas is still the camel today. Without this two-humped water-saving miracle, it would have been impossible to colonize the Gobi ever. In more or less large herds, these animals are summarizes unfazed by the heat in the vastness of the desert. Furthermore, in the Gobi occur nor the wild ass (Equus hemionus) and the Wild Camel. The Saxaul (Haloxylon ammodendron), which occurs only in the Gobi and more reminiscent of a bonsai, you can still find at various points in larger stocks. This extremely slow-growing woody plant is rock hard and the tree is perfectly adapted from the arid conditions of the Gobi.
 

 Countryside which not monotonous...

Major attractions within the Gobi is the Yol Valley (Yolyn Am) with their high ice layers that are created here in the winter by a small river and still far are available in the summer. It also includes the singing sands (Khongoriin Els), a several hundred kilometer long sand dune, the Flaming Cliffs (Bayanzag), a rugged rock formation, which turn into a flaming red in the light of the setting sun. Here also the first fossilized dinosaur bones were found in the Gobi. Further south, the Nemengt Mountains is a very impressive canyon, which was created by wind and water erosion.