Ian Teh/Pulitzer Center/Panos Pictures

Madoi county, Qinghai province, China

Chinese geologist, explorer and environmental activist, Yang Yong, and his colleague look at grasslands in Madoi county. The ground here shows visible cracks, with sections of the frozen ground having melted and previously collapsed. This exposes the thin layer of fertile soil to strong winds and burrowing animals, like hares and pikas, further causing degradation and eventual desertification. Scientists say the desertification of the mountain grasslands is accelerating climate change.

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Madoi county, Qinghai province
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