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Changes in Minqin Coounty,Gansu Province

2010-12-11 10:19:28 / 个人分类:Ecology

General view of newly revived Qingtu lake in Minqin
 
 
General view of newly revived Qingtu lake in Minqin, China's Gansu
2010-11-29 06:09:01 GMT2010-11-29 14:09:01 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English
Photo taken on Nov. 26, 2010 shows a general view of the newly revived Qingtu Lake in Minqin County, northwest China's Gansu Province. (Xinhua/Gao Jianjun)
Photo taken on Nov. 27, 2010 shows the Laohukou desert covered by wheat straws and achnatherum stalks in Minqin County, northwest China's Gansu Province.(Xinhua/Gao Jianjun)
Local farmers fixate sand with wheat straws and achnatherum stalks in the Laohukou desert in Minqin County, northwest China's Gansu Province, Nov. 27, 2010. (Xinhua/Gao Jianjun)
Photo taken on Nov. 27, 2010 shows the Laohukou desert covered by wheat straws and achnatherum stalks in Minqin County, northwest China's Gansu Province. (Xinhua/Gao Jianjun)
Photo taken on Nov. 26, 2010 shows a general view of the newly revived Qingtu Lake in Minqin County, northwest China's Gansu Province. (Xinhua/Gao Jianjun)
Photo taken on Nov. 26, 2010 shows a general view of the Shiyang River in Minqin County, northwest China's Gansu Province. (Xinhua/Gao Jianjun)

The Qingtu Lake, suffered from drought for over 50 years, witnessed three square kilometers of water surface again after 8.6 million cubic meters of water from Shiyang River were infused into the lake by the end of October this year. Extensive farming since the 1950s sapped underground water in Minqin and destroyed the local ecology.

The 400-sq-km, 60-meter-deep Qingtu Lake dried up in the 30 years since the 1960s, and by the early 1990s, the lake had been smothered by creeping yellow sand. The newly revived lake plays a vital role in preventing desertification in Minqin County, which is one of China's three major sandstorm originations due to its lying between the two deserts of Tengger and Badain Jaran.

 

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Minqin County swallowed by the desert

In north-west China, desert sands are swallowing up farmland and towns. Mingqin is a shrinking oasis area that government advisers privately describe as an "ecological disaster area", and yet eco-refugees have been resettled here because their home environments became no longer fit for habitation. Villagers must battle the encroaching desert that is destroying their homes and their crops

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gallery/2009/may/18/desertification-china?picture=347540438

Minqin China: Satellite view of Yellow river's middle basi
New Roman">Satellite view of the Yellow river's middle basin with Minqin County area circled. To the east of it is the Tengger desert and to the north-west is the Badain Juran desert. The Yellow river flows at the south of it. The large lake to the south of the mountains is Lake Qinghai
 
Minqin China: Boats rest . the bottom of a dried reservior oasis in China
Boats rest on the bottom of a dried reservoir in Minqin County. The area is suffering from the most serious drought as most parts of China have seen continuous rainfalls recently. The oasis will shrink and eventually disappear if the drought continues
 
Minqin China: Photo shows an abandoned house facing the approaching desert
An abandoned house facing the approaching desert in Minqin. All 364 villagers moved out of the village after the desert expanded into nearby farm fields. The 87,000 hectares of forest planted in the past 10 years, an effort to curb the desert expansion, withered and died in vast stretches due to a reduction of the groundwater level and water supply difficulties in Minqin. Only a little more than 20,000 hectares survived
A Chinese farmer walks amid a heavy sand storm in Minqin County, north-west of China's Gansu province. A cold front is forecast to hit China in the next three days, bringing a chill to the north and strong rains to the south, according to the China Meteorological Administration (CMA)
Minqin China: Tan plumes of dust swept across the Tengger Desert
Plumes of dust sweep across the Tengger desert in north-central China. Hemmed by the Qilian mountains in the south and the Yellow river in the east, the desert forms the southern border of Inner Mongolia. Though not visible, the Great Wall of China runs through this image between the Tengger and the mountains in the south. The large lake to the south of the mountains is Lake Qinghai
Minqin China: a tree dies in the Tengger desert
Isolated from the Minqin Oasis, a tree dies in the Tengger desert
 
Minqin China: China - Gansu - Afforestation
Villagers plant sacsaoul trees in Minqin County, north-west China's Gansu province
Minqin China: China - Gansu - Afforestation
Villagers water sacsaoul trees in Minqin County, north-west China's Gansu Province. The county fenced about 8,667 hectares of sand land and artificially afforested other 4,500 hectares in 2008. The county planned to artificially reafforest some 5,400 hectares of sand land this year
Minqin China: Farmers plant crops . the edge of the desert
Farmers plant crops on the edge of the desert
Minqin China: Huang at the bottom of a dried-up river that .ce ran past his his old home
Huang Cuikun at the bottom of a dried-up river that once ran past his his old home
Minqin China: New homes built by the government for the eco-refugees
New homes built by the government for the eco-refugees
Minqin China: A sand dune in the Tengger desert
A sand dune in the Tengger desert, a short walk from Huang's home

 




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