A man walks amongst the dunes of the Tennger desert, near the Shapotou desert resort in Ningxia Province.
A man walks amongst the dunes of the Tennger desert, near the Shapotou desert resort in Ningxia Province.

A severe sandstorm in central Ningxia province shrouds the land in a surreal yellow, almost orange, light. The already dry and degraded topsoil is easily picked up when the spring winds start to blow.
A severe sandstorm in central Ningxia province shrouds the land in a surreal yellow, almost orange, light. The already dry and degraded topsoil is easily picked up when the spring winds start to blow.

A sandstorm disrupts local life in Ningxia Province.
A sandstorm disrupts local life in Ningxia Province.

A painting of traditional Inner Mongolian life hangs in the living room of farmers on the Inner Mongolian steppes. This traditional life disappeared in the 1980s.
A painting of traditional Inner Mongolian life hangs in the living room of farmers on the Inner Mongolian steppes. This traditional life disappeared in the 1980s.

Faint glimpses of traditional life on the grasslands remain as a tourist in traditional dress adjusts her clothing.
Faint glimpses of traditional life on the grasslands remain as a tourist in traditional dress adjusts her clothing.

A woman protects herself from the airborne sand which has descended on the town of Minfeng in Xinjiang province. The town’s proximity to the Taklamakan desrt means it is regularly bombarded by sandstorms.
A woman protects herself from the airborne sand which has descended on the town of Minfeng in Xinjiang province. The town’s proximity to the Taklamakan desrt means it is regularly bombarded by sandstorms.

A small market next to a dried-up river in Xinjiang Province, western China.
A small market next to a dried-up river in Xinjiang Province, western China.

Fish on sale in a small market in the town of Hongsibao in Ningxia Province, central China.
Fish on sale in a small market in the town of Hongsibao in Ningxia Province, central China.

A young boy in the town of Hongsibao, a community that was built in the desert to rehouse refugees relocated from nearby land affected by increasing desertification
A young boy in the town of Hongsibao, a community that was built in the desert to rehouse refugees relocated from nearby land affected by increasing desertification

The banks of a reservoir in Minqin County, Gansu Province.
The banks of a reservoir in Minqin County, Gansu Province.

A worker sleeps amongst the sand dunes and forest at the Shapotou desert resort in Ningxia Province.
A worker sleeps amongst the sand dunes and forest at the Shapotou desert resort in Ningxia Province.

Human remains scatter the floor in the abandoned city of Yinpan, a result of a combination of natural erosion revealing graves and disturbance by tomb-robbers.
Human remains scatter the floor in the abandoned city of Yinpan, a result of a combination of natural erosion revealing graves and disturbance by tomb-robbers.

A tractor drives through dry and barren lands in Gansu Province, China.
A tractor drives through dry and barren lands in Gansu Province, China.

A man pushes his bicycle through a severe sandstorm on the outskirts of the town of Hongsibao, in Ningxia Province.
A man pushes his bicycle through a severe sandstorm on the outskirts of the town of Hongsibao, in Ningxia Province.

A farmer brings in his cattle at sunrise on the Inner Mongolian steppes. Due to new regulations, the farmers of the region are now not allowed to graze their cattle, although many risk prosecution and graze their cattle at night, under the cover of darkness.
A farmer brings in his cattle at sunrise on the Inner Mongolian steppes. Due to new regulations, the farmers of the region are now not allowed to graze their cattle, although many risk prosecution and graze their cattle at night, under the cover of darkness.

A construction crew working in a sandstorm in Ningxia Province.
A construction crew working in a sandstorm in Ningxia Province.

Dead poplar trees stand on the edge of the Taklamakan desert in China's western Xinjiang Province.
Dead poplar trees stand on the edge of the Taklamakan desert in China’s western Xinjiang Province.

A mural on a wall in the deserts of western Inner Mongolia.
A mural on a wall in the deserts of western Inner Mongolia.

Smoke bellows from a lone factory in the deserts of western Inner Mongolia.
Smoke bellows from a lone factory in the deserts of western Inner Mongolia.

Visibility during a sandstorm in Ningxia Province is reduced to all but a couple of hundred meters.
Visibility during a sandstorm in Ningxia Province is reduced to all but a couple of hundred meters.

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