Environmental Degradation in the Minqin Oasis in Northwest China during Recent 50 Years

Kecun Zhang
Jianjun Qu
Qinhe Liu

DOI: 10.2190/ES.31.4.e


Minqin Oasis lies at the lower reaches of Shiyang River, which is one of the three inland rivers in northwest China. Due to sand dune encroachment and unconstrained activities of local people in recent years, the ecological and environment problems of Minqin Oasis are being taken seriously. The aims of this study is to analyze the factors driving environmental degradation in the Minqin Oasis during the past 50 years, to reveal the relationships among sandstorms, water resources, and human activities, and to present some reasonable practicable measures for ameliorating conditions in this region.

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