The Gobi Desert
Fossilised dinosaur skeletons and eggs, sparse plant life, the singing sands of Khongoryn Els, green oases, the flaming cliffs of Bayanzag, and the Tsagaan Suvarga waterfall: these are just a few of the natural wonders to be discovered in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert. The Fata Morgana mirage, which tricks visitors to the Dundgovi aimag (district), is particularly magical. If you look closely, you see the sand glistening like gold, and grazing camel herds nearby.
The arid region extends for 2.3 million square kilometres to northwest China, making it one of the largest non-polar desert regions in the world. The Gobi Desert and, above all, the Nemegt Basin, which is renowned among specialists for its dinosaur fossils, rose to world fame in the 1960s. At that time, palaeontologists discovered a wide range of fossils across several excavations, including one of a carnivorous dinosaur, which today bears the name “Nemegtosaurus”.