Hay network

Many attempts have been made in Minqin district to halt the formation of sand dunes that encroach upon crop lands. The one kilometre wide cultivatable oasis in Minqin narrows every year. The extreme dryness means the desert grows from the east, west and north up to 7 to 10 meters per year. Some of the larger individual dunes can advance by up to 20 metres a year.

Photo 19 of 21 in Minqin

37.92079°N, 102.92736°E
Many attempts have been made in Minqin district to halt the formation of sand dunes that encroach upon crop lands. The one kilometre wide cultivatable oasis in Minqin narrows every year. The extreme dryness means the desert grows from the east, west and north up to 7 to 10 meters per year. Some of the larger individual dunes can advance by up to 20 metres a year.
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