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Chinese scientists plan Qinghai-Tibetan plateau expedition



Jan 6, 2012

Beijing, Dec 31 (PTI) Chinese researchers are set for a landmark expedition to the country''s western Hoh Xil region, a large stretch of uninhabited land on the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau, to study climate change and seek answer to a sudden surge in lake waters in the region.

Hoh Xil, which covers 235,000 square kilometers of the plateau land in western Qinghai province, is seen as one of the regions most sensitive to global climate change. It is also the natural habitat of Tibetan antelopes and wild horses.

Hu Dongsheng, a natural resources and environment professor with Hunan Normal University, said the expedition expected in the summer of 2012 is likely to be the most comprehensive since 60 scientists first travelled to the Hoh Xil region in 1990 and stayed there for three months.

"We would like to learn about what is affecting the ecology in Hoh Xil. And, what are the safety risks facing the railways and roads that cross the region," Hu was quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhua news agency today.

The scientists will conduct research linked to geology, climate, ecology, environment, and archaeology.

Hu said the efforts are to learn about the changes that have taken place in Hoh Xil over the past two decades, and eager to seek answer to a sudden surge in lake waters last September. PTI

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