GOBI, which means "waterless place" in Mongolian, is one of the driest and least populated places on earth. Once roamed by dinosaurs (see Flaming Cliffs), it has long been home to hardy Mongolian nomads and their animals. Gobi is a mostly gravel dessert, but it does have some sand dunes, mountains and even glaciers.

 

Stretching 3000 miles across two-thirds of Mongolia and Northern China, Gobi was formed from what once a large inland sea. Some Mongolians, however, believe Gobi was flattened by Genghis Khan's armies...

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