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Nearly half of Qinghai Lake’s source-rivers dry up



TibetanReview.net, Dec07, 2009

Nearly half the number of rivers emptying into the Qinghai Lake have dried up, reported China’s official Xinhuanet news service Dec 7, citing a recent survey. It cited researchers as saying that of the 127 rivers that flow into the lake, 57 had dried up.

The survey was conducted last year by the Administration of the Qinghai Lake Nature Reserve and the Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences to determine the depth and quality of the Qinghai Lake’s water.

But despite the drying rivers, the lake's water level had been rising for five-straight past years, by 54 cm from 2005 to 2008. Experts were reported to believe this to be largely due to the increasing precipitation in the lake area in recent years.

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