The desert basins of the Gobi are bounded by the Altai Mountains and the grasslands and steppes of Mongolia on the north, by the Hexi Corridor and Tibetan Plateau to the southwest, and by the North China Plain to the southeast. The Gobi is made up of several ecological and geographic regions.
The Gobi is a high plateau with daily and seasonal extremes of temperature.
|Sivantse (1190 m)||Ulaanbaatar (1150 m)|
|Annual mean||-2.5 °C (27 °F)||2.8 °C (37 °F)|
|January mean||-26.5 °C (-15.7 °F)||-16.5 °C (2 °F)|
|July mean||17.5 °C (63.5 °F)||19.0 °C (66 °F)|
|Extremes||38.0 °C and -43 °C (100 °F and -45 °F)||33.9 °C and -47 °C (93 °F and -52 °F)|
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- Mongolian: Говь, Govi, "semidesert"; Chinese: 戈壁(沙漠) Gēbì (Shāmò)