from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A mountain range of north-central China extending northwest to southeast and having peaks rising from 5,490 m (18,000 ft) to more than 6,100 m (20,000 ft).
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It is very strange these guys who have not been to these Qilian Shan have the priviledge to assume that is entitled to presume that the picture is of a Qilian juniper.
As you can see from the photo, while parts of the Qilian Shan mountains are green with plants, the north slope of the mountains, as well as many other parts of the mountains, are clearly desert.
It is clear that steve used this description to support his assumption that the tree ring width in Qilian Shan is an indicator of precipitation change.