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Wushao Mountain, Wushao Ling Mountain or Wushaoling (simplified Chinese: 乌鞘岭; traditional Chinese: 烏鞘嶺; pinyin: Wūshāolǐng) is a landform in Gansu Province, China, with significant desert elements on its northern slope.

The mountain has been a barrier to transportation since ancient times, when the Northern Silk Road found a passage across its terrain.[1] The western slope of Wushao Ling combined with adjoining slopes of Lanshan Mountain comprises over 30 percent of the desert area of China. Given the current trend in China's land use policies, desertification of the Wushao Ling slopes and other Chinese deserts is projected to expand.[2]


  1. ^ Silk Road, North China, C.Michael Hogan, the Megalithic Portal, ed. A. Burnham
  2. ^ Donald A. Wilhite, Drought Assessment, Management, and Planning: Theory and Case Studies, 1993, Springer Publishing, 316 pages ISBN 0-7923-9337-6