A highway leads to Madoi at an altitude of 4300m. In the 1990s, China's Yellow River began to dry up, and in 1997 it failed to reach the sea for several months. In an effort to address the problem, the government launched a scheme to protect the river's source, a region about the size of Illinois called Sanjiangyuan (Three River Source) in northwest Qinghai province, which is also home to the sources of the Yangtze and Mekong rivers. However, according to Yang Yong, a geologist who has been monitoring the changes in this region for the past 30 years, recently the wetlands and lakes that normally feed into the Yellow River have been shrinking in some areas and as a result no longer feed into the river for longer periods of time.

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Ian Teh/Pulitzer Center/Panos Pictures
City
Madoi, Qinghai
Country
China
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none
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5000 x 3333 pixels
42.33 x 28.22 cm (300 dpi)
16.67 x 11.11 inch (300 dpi)
3.7 MB size on disk
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