In the 1950s this was Quintu Lake, a wetland area north of Minqin. Now it is a lifeless desert. After the constant decrease in water over the years, the lake first turned to wetlands, before drying up up in the 1970s. This site now borders Minqin, a long narrow area fenced in by two of China's biggest deserts. The water table has dropped dramatically, forcing the government to redirect the water from six rivers into one huge dam. This provides the area with rationed water.