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Digital relief map of Kansu province, China

Kansu (Gansu) is a province of western China. The province lies between the Tibetian Plateau and the Loess Plateau, mostly at an altitude above 3,300' (1000 m). Much of the province is mountainous, though the northern portion is relatively flat. The province is mostly arid. The provincial capital, Lanchow (Lanzhou; 103.767E 36.052N), is located on the Yellow River and is the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and western terminus of the Great Wall.

The province is rich in mineral resources, but these would not begin to be developed significantly until decades after the Pacific War.

As one of China's more remote provinces, Kansu was relatively untouched by the war, but some supplies reached China along the Silk Road prior to the German invasion of Russia.


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