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Slideshow: water worries

A series of striking photographs by Jack Carino illustrates the shared environmental challenges faced by Kazakhstan and China's northwest.

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Migration of people in northwest China

China’s northwest arid areas are scarce in precipitation volume and melted glacier ice is the main supply of water for rivers. But the raise in temperature speed the reduction of glaciers, which poses a great challenge to the future consumption of water in the northwest China. Just imagine if all the rivers were dried up, how would the people in northwest China survive their lives? For my perspective, the eastward and southward migration campaign could be a solution, and the same kind of events used to happen in China. Through out China’s five thousand years history, the northwest people experienced four times of so-called “cold periods”, the detail of which are included in the following:
1. Xizhou Dynasty(1100BC-850BC),cold and wet.
2. Donghan Dynasty, Sango, Jin Dynasty and Northern and Southern Dynasties(100AD-600AD), dry at first and followed by wet.
3. Northern Song Dynasty, Northern Song Dynasty, Liao Dynasty, Jin Dynasty and Xia Dynasty(1000AD-1200AD).
4. Ming and Qing Dynasty(1300AD-1900AD).

In Chinese history, the southward migration of the northern minorities and wars happened frequently during these four “cold periods”. Contrast to the climate in the large area of northern China, which was suddenly turned cold at that time and made it unsuitable for the surviving of human beings, the climate in the south, was quite favorable with warm and wet weather, accompanied by rich resources. For the sake of surviving, the northern minorities started their southward movement in history, during which fighting for living space became the central conflicts between them and the people in the central plains of China. Despite the frequency of battles, they actually enhanced the convergences between different races and fastened the development of Chinese culture. However, if the northwest people were moving to the other parts of China right now, I don’t think it would contribute to the communication and prosperous cultural development. Instead, the regions concerned will be much more crowded because of these new comers, and inevitably, a series of social issues would come up as a result of the increase in population. In that case, what kind of policy should the government have to deal with these people who are in the areas which have already been overpopulated?

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What does the word "striking" here refer to?

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Annoying anti-spam text

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Not know what is said.

I agree to the comment 2. I had a look of all the pictures, I did not see anything "striking" there.

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Re: Striking

Perhaps this is a translation issue, but I thought the photos were certainly striking. Not in the sense that they were very alarming or dramatic, but firstly that they were strikingly GOOD photographs: interesting composition, impressive photojournalistic qualities. Secondly, they clearly showed some quite moving contrasts between water poverty and abundance. Consider, for instance the scene of the two girls collecting water from a well and the family fishing next to a factory belching pollution (that surely is striking). And compare this to the family playing in the Ili river or the vast outflow of the diversion canal if you want to see a striking contrast.

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It seems to me that most of China's photos about disasters emphasize solely the negative aspects, so we have trouble relating with photos that portray anything positive. In fact, there are two themes in this series of photos, namely "How great it is to have water" and "how hard it is without water". Maybe the author hopes to use the contrast between these two themes to influence readers.

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These photographs are generally speaking, extremely cropped versions. The originals which I've seen are more "striking" and more fully convey the issues. The originals can be seen at http://www.digitalrailroad.net/jabwass/Default.aspx

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I think the photos are beautiful.

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Pictures don't lie.

這些照片真實記錄了新疆的發展 也真實記錄了人類試著想改變自然環境的前因後果 新疆省有許多冰原 也是許多中國河流的發源地 過度的開發 還有很多重金屬工業排放的污水流入上游的河水中 這些污水一路流入大海 整條江水都被這些化學物質污染了 從上游到下游 沿岸的人們靠水而生 他們喝著河水 用河水灌溉 這些污水 不只污染了大自然 也傷害了人民的健康
開發建設固然重要 可是環境還有人民的健康才是最重要的

王彥凱 Yan-Kai Wang

Pictures don't lie.

These photos document the development of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, as well as the consequences of unsuccessful attempts to adapt nature to human needs. There are a lot of glaciers inside Xinjiang, which is also the origin of many rivers of China. Excessive exploitation is a rampant problem. Another is that heavy metal discharged upstream causes the whole river to be polluted, all the way to the sea that the river flows into. Consequently the health of inhabitants living upstream and downstream, who drink the water and use it to irrigate their crop fields, is threatened. So economic development should always take a back seat to the public’s health and the environmental conservation. -Yan-Kai Wang