• A Tibetan woman digging a hole near new buildings on the Tibetan Plateau, in western China. Relocation communities been created to house nomadic herders moved from the highland grasslands. The nomads have been blamed for contributing to the deterioration of the grasslands, so have been moved, sometimes forcibly, into newly built towns that can be found across the plateau.
  • A Tibetan boy on a motorbike in Zaduo, in the far interior of the Tibetan Plateau, in western China. Relocation communities been created to house nomadic herders moved from the highland grasslands. The nomads have been blamed for contributing to the deterioration of the grasslands, so have been moved, sometimes forcibly, into newly built towns that can be found across the plateau.
  • A Tibetan woman and her child in their home in the town of Zaduo, in the far interior of the Tibetan Plateau, in western China. Relocation communities been created to house nomadic herders moved from the highland grasslands. The nomads have been blamed for contributing to the deterioration of the grasslands, so have been moved, sometimes forcibly, into newly built towns that can be found across the plateau.
  • A Tibetan girl in a community on the Tibetan Plateau, in western China. Relocation communities been created to house nomadic herders moved from the highland grasslands. The nomads have been blamed for contributing to the deterioration of the grasslands, so have been moved, sometimes forcibly, into newly built towns that can be found across the plateau.
  • A Tibetan woman and hr grandchild in their home on the Tibetan Plateau, in western China. Relocation communities been created to house nomadic herders moved from the highland grasslands. The nomads have been blamed for contributing to the deterioration of the grasslands, so have been moved, sometimes forcibly, into newly built towns that can be found across the plateau.
  • Tibetan children in a community on the Tibetan Plateau, in western China. Relocation communities been created to house nomadic herders moved from the highland grasslands. The nomads have been blamed for contributing to the deterioration of the grasslands, so have been moved, sometimes forcibly, into newly built towns that can be found across the plateau.
  • A Tibetan woman in Zaduo, in the far interior of the Tibetan Plateau, in western China. Relocation communities been created to house nomadic herders moved from the highland grasslands. The nomads have been blamed for contributing to the deterioration of the grasslands, so have been moved, sometimes forcibly, into newly built towns that can be found across the plateau.
  • A construction team conducts maintenance on a road on the Tibetan Plateau. Construction in the region is increasing rapidly as the government implements its "western development strategy," aimed at bringing prosperity to the region. The Tibetan Plateau is a fragile ecosystem and changes here will have far-reaching implications for all of Asia.
  • Construction on a road on the Tibetan Plateau. Construction in the region is increasing rapidly as the government implements its "western development strategy," aimed at bringing prosperity to the region. The Tibetan Plateau is a fragile ecosystem and changes here will have far-reaching implications for all of Asia.
  • A Tibetan hold and his mother in a community on the Tibetan Plateau, in western China. Relocation communities been created to house nomadic herders moved from the highland grasslands. The nomads have been blamed for contributing to the deterioration of the grasslands, so have been moved, sometimes forcibly, into newly built towns that can be found across the plateau.
  • Tibetan children play in their home on the Tibetan Plateau, in western China. Relocation communities been created to house nomadic herders moved from the highland grasslands. The nomads have been blamed for contributing to the deterioration of the grasslands, so have been moved, sometimes forcibly, into newly built towns that can be found across the plateau.
  • A Tibetan man stands outside of a new building on the Tibetan Plateau, in western China. Relocation communities been created to house nomadic herders moved from the highland grasslands. The nomads have been blamed for contributing to the deterioration of the grasslands, so have been moved, sometimes forcibly, into newly built towns that can be found across the plateau.
  • A Tibetan woman walks through the streets of Zaduo, in the far interior of the Tibetan Plateau, in western China. Relocation communities been created to house nomadic herders moved from the highland grasslands. The nomads have been blamed for contributing to the deterioration of the grasslands, so have been moved, sometimes forcibly, into newly built towns that can be found across the plateau.
  • A Tibetan woman leans against a car in Zaduo, in the far interior of the Tibetan Plateau, in western China. Relocation communities been created to house nomadic herders moved from the highland grasslands. The nomads have been blamed for contributing to the deterioration of the grasslands, so have been moved, sometimes forcibly, into newly built towns that can be found across the plateau.
  • A Tibetan man near one of the first bridges that crosses the Mekong River, in the town of Zaduo on the Tibetan Plateau. The Mekong River quickly leaves China after originating on the plateau. However, China's management of this important resource will have implications for its future relationships with its neighbors who rely on water from this river.
  • Tibetan children in Zaduo, in the far interior of the Tibetan Plateau, in western China. Relocation communities been created to house nomadic herders moved from the highland grasslands. The nomads have been blamed for contributing to the deterioration of the grasslands, so have been moved, sometimes forcibly, into newly built towns that can be found across the plateau.
  • A construction team conducts maintenance on a road on the Tibetan Plateau. Construction in the region is increasing rapidly as the government implements its "western development strategy," aimed at bringing prosperity to the region. The Tibetan Plateau is a fragile ecosystem and changes here will have far-reaching implications for all of Asia.
  • A Tibetan girl in a community on the Tibetan Plateau, in western China. Relocation communities been created to house nomadic herders moved from the highland grasslands. The nomads have been blamed for contributing to the deterioration of the grasslands, so have been moved, sometimes forcibly, into newly built towns that can be found across the plateau.
  • A Tibetan child plays in the streets of Zaduo, in the far interior of the Tibetan Plateau, in western China. Relocation communities been created to house nomadic herders moved from the highland grasslands. The nomads have been blamed for contributing to the deterioration of the grasslands, so have been moved, sometimes forcibly, into newly built towns that can be found across the plateau.
  • A Tibetan girl in a shop in the town of Zaduo, in the far interior of the Tibetan Plateau, in western China. Relocation communities been created to house nomadic herders moved from the highland grasslands. The nomads have been blamed for contributing to the deterioration of the grasslands, so have been moved, sometimes forcibly, into newly built towns that can be found across the plateau.
  • A Tibetan man walks through a relocation town in Zaduo, in the far interior of the Tibetan Plateau, in western China. Relocation communities been created to house nomadic herders moved from the highland grasslands. The nomads have been blamed for contributing to the deterioration of the grasslands, so have been moved, sometimes forcibly, into newly built towns that can be found across the plateau.
  • A construction team conducts maintenance on a road on the Tibetan Plateau. Construction in the region is increasing rapidly as the government implements its "western development strategy," aimed at bringing prosperity to the region. The Tibetan Plateau is a fragile ecosystem and changes here will have far-reaching implications for all of Asia.
  • Tourists scramble over moraine (glacially deposited rocks and stones) on the surface of the Hailuogou glacier in western Sichuan Province, China. As a result of rising temperatures on the Tibetan Plateau, the Hailuogou glacier has retreated over 2 km during the 20th century alone. Since the Little Ice Age, studies have revealed that the total monsoonal glacier coverage in the southeast of the Tibetan Plateau has decreased by as much as 30 percent, causing alarm in scientific circles.
  • Forests near the Hailuogou glacier in western Sichuan Province, China. As a result of rising temperatures on the Tibetan Plateau, the Hailuogou glacier has retreated over 2 km during the 20th century alone. Since the Little Ice Age, studies have revealed that the total monsoonal glacier coverage in the southeast of the Tibetan Plateau has decreased by as much as 30 percent, causing alarm in scientific circles.
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