The Chinese government plans to set aside 18.7 billion yuan (US$2.46B) over the next eight years to try to roll back desertification in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Forest belts will be built around cities and oases, irrigation facilities will be upgraded, and monitoring stations will be established to prevent the further expansion of the Gurbantunggut Desert in the Junggar Basin of northern Xinjiang, and the expansion of the Taklamakan Desert in the Tarim Basin in the south of the region. Pictured here is the Taklamakan which is reputed to be the world’s second largest shifting-sand desert covering an area of over 33, 700 square kilometers.
Image from NatalieBehring.com.
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