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Deserts of China

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Abstract

Improving arid land quality requires an understanding of the original state of the land and its relationship to wind, water, and plant regimes, as well as understanding of interactions within the present ecosystem.  Chinese scientists and local residents have made significant advances in improving arid environments in gobi and sandy deserts and in less arid sandy lands.  Wind patterns are being changed by planting forest belts to protect oases and sandy lands, and on a smaller scale by planting grasses and shrubs or constructing straw grids.  Research on reclamation of deserts is now focusing on how sand-fixing plants may be adapted to local environments, and how the resources of grazing land and water may be effectively exploited without being overused.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Deserts of China
Series title American Scientist
Volume 70
Issue 4
Year Published 1982
Language English
Publisher Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 11 p.
First page 366
Last page 376
Country China
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N