The Tibetan plateau covers all of the Tibet Autonomous Region, much of Qinghai province, and parts of Sichuan province, stretching for 965,000 square miles.ÂThe resettlement of a once nomadic people has compressed the space humans and animals occupy on the plateau. Studies have shown that the plateau and its delicate ecology are better equipped to withstand human populations that are spread out rather than concentrated into high density conurbation areas like towns and cities. Research data indicate that the total population in 2010 at the Sanjiangyuan (Three River Sources) National Nature Reserve increased by 26.7% from the population figures in 2000. At the same time, the number of livestock in the source region increased correspondingly from 11.71 million in 2000 to 12.8 million in 2010.

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Ian Teh/Pulitzer Center/Panos Pictures
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42.33 x 28.22 cm (300 dpi)
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