Loess Plateau

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Loess Plateau

With the Taihangshan Mountains to its east, the Qilianshan Mountains to its west, the Great Wall to its north and the Qinling Mountains to its south, the Loess Plateau covers around 500,000 square km and lies 1,000 to 2,000 meters above sea level. Covered with thick, porous loess, the Loess Plateau is crisscrossed with ravines and gullies, covered with little vegetation, and has fragmented landforms due to long-term scouring of rainfall and streams. Water-eroded area accounts for 430,000 square km.