• A camel walks in front of felled trees on a road near the tourist attraction Ming Sha Shan. Deforestation is the main cause of desertification as it destabilises soils. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. Dunhuang, Gansu Province. China
  • A farmer on her land which is suffering as a result of lack of water in Hebei Province, China. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Inappropriate farming methods and over cultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years.
  • A horse walks across a desert in Hebei Province, China. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Inappropriate farming methods and over cultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years.
  • An abandoned boat in a village in Hebei Province, China. The area has been ravaged by desertification. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Inappropriate farming methods and over cultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years.
  • Tourists climbing sand dunes encroaching on farmland near the tourist attraction of Ming Sha Shan. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. Dunhuang, Gansu Province. China
  • Tourists climbing sand dunes at the tourist attraction of Ming Sha Shan. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Inappropriate farming methods and over cultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years. Dunhuang, Gansu Province. China
  • Sand dunes near the tourist attraction Ming Sha Shan. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Inappropriate farming methods and over cultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years. Dunhuang, Gansu Province. China
  • Aerial view of sand dunes at Dunhuang in Gansu Province, China. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Innapropriate farming methods and overcultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years.
  • Aerial view of sand encroaching upon local farmland. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Innapropriate farming methods and overcultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years. The desert has even encroached upon the capital, Beijing, which is bombarded by sandstorms each spring. Dunhuang, Gansu Province. China
  • Abandoned artefacts lie in the encroaching sand. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. Dunhuang, Gansu Province. China
  • Abandoned artefacts lie in the encroaching sand. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. Dunhuang, Gansu Province. China
  • Parched farmland in an area of severe drought. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. Dunhuang, Gansu Province. China
  • Aerial view of sand encroaching upon local farmland. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. Dunhuang, Gansu Province. China
  • A local farmer in the area of the tourist attraction of Ming Sha Shan. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. Dunhuang, Gansu Province. China
  • Sand dunes at the tourist attraction Ming Sha Shan. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. Dunhuang, Gansu Province. China
  • A lone pair of shoes in front of huge sand dunes at the tourist attraction Ming Sha Shan. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. Dunhuang, Gansu Province. China
  • Sand dunes tower over a basketball court. Watermelons are a fruit that demand high amounts of water for growth subsequently contributing to the loss of water in the local ecosystem. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. Dunhuang, Gansu Province. China
  • Two men trying to halt the encroaching sand. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. Dunhuang, Gansu Province. China
  • A beekeeper takes a break from work in Hebei Province, China. Local farmers have diversified in order to find alternative sources of income as the land dries as a result of desertification. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Inappropriate farming methods and over cultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years.
  • Dry land in Hebei Province. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Inappropriate farming methods and over cultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years.
  • Local farmers, employed by the army, water tree samplings planted in the land separating the desert and farmland in an effort to stabilise the land to encourage further vegetation growth in Hebei Province, China. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Inappropriate farming methods and over cultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years.
  • A worker waits whilst water is pumped through pipes to water dry farmland in Hebei Province, China. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Inappropriate farming methods and over cultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years.
  • A pair of shoes lying in dry farmland in Hebei Province, China. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Inappropriate farming methods and over cultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years.
  • A spade being carried by a farmer in Hebei Province, China. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Inappropriate farming methods and over cultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years.
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