The Tengger Desert, located in suburban area of Wuwei City of Gansu Province, is getting cold in mid-November. In these years, Wang Tianchang has developed the habit of making his rounds in the forest that he has planted with desert plants, including Haloxylonammodendron, TamarixPsammophyte, etc.

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The staff of Minqin Sandification Control Experiment al Station is measuring the tree stem diameter of sacsaoul in nylon-strip sand barrier test area of Desert Botanical Garden in the edge of Badain Jaran Desert on November 21st, 2016. (Photo by Fan Peishen)

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This is the picture of Qingtu Lake taken in November 20th, 2016. Qingtu Lake is located in the lower reaches of Shiyang River Lake, Minqin County of Gansu Province, which is completely dried up in 1959. After years of governance, the dried-up Qingtu Lake is “back to life” in 2010. Statistical data of People's government of Minqin County shows that from 2010 to 2015, the water area of Qingtu Lake increased from 3 square kilometers to 22.36 square kilometers. The surface vegetation was supplied by irrigation, the groundwater level was rising slowly, and the regional environmental quality improved effectively, with the water area of 25.16 square kilometers in 2016.


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As the weakening of wind, mid-November is the best season for annual desertification prevention and control in northwest China. The overlooking scenery of “changing the desert into land” in Tengger Desert presents a splendid sight. In Wuwei City of Gansu Province, the edge of Tengger Desert, a type of global leading sand fixing machine becomes a powerful tool in the work of desertification prevention and control this year, with the high efficacy of 50 mu per machine everyday, which makes “changing the desert into land” possible.

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