The deserts surrounding this thin strip of farm. A husband and wife harvest their small cotton yield on the desert border. This area is near where Quintu Lake had been located, but clouds of dust have replaced what once had been an abundance of water and wetlands. Around the city of Wuwei there are now several places built specifically for desertification refugees. During the past ten years, many villages have been abandoned in the northern part of Minqin as the desert boundaries increase.