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Journal of Arid Land
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Natural heritage values and comparative analyses of Kanas, China
ZhaoPing YANG, XiaoLei ZHANG, Feng DI, Geoffrey WALL, XinYu LIU, Rui SHAO
1 Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi 830011, China; 2 Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China; 3 University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada
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Abstract  Kanas is a National Nature Reserve and National 5A Scenic Area, and it is also high on China’s National Natural Heritage List. In this paper, with an integrated analysis and comparative geographical approach, the genesis and current features of the Kanas landscape are analyzed systematically according to the criteria for outstanding universal values that must be met for designation by the United Nations as World Natural Heritage. It is concluded that Kanas has outstanding universal values in geosciences, biology and aesthetics. Through comparison with other World Natural Heritage sites of the same geological types, in the same biogeographic zone and in the same latitude, it is concluded that Kanas meets criteria vii, viii, ix and x for designation as World Natural Heritage. Thus, this work establishes a scientific foundation for nomination of Kanas for such a status.

Key wordsTarim River Basin      urban system      spatial structure      spatial organization     
Received: 15 April 2010      Published: 07 September 2010
Corresponding Authors: ZhaoPing YANG     E-mail:
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ZhaoPing YANG, XiaoLei ZHANG, Feng DI, Geoffrey WALL, XinYu LIU, Rui SHAO. Natural heritage values and comparative analyses of Kanas, China. Journal of Arid Land, 2010, 2(3): 197-206.

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