Wicked Winterfrost

Water = Life, Beijing = Gobi

Posted in Mongolia by talikas on June 19, 2009

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The population density of Mongolia is the lowest in the whole world: 1.4 people per sq km (try to imagine that for a second!). However, the vast Gobi desert in the south is so poorly inhabited that gives the word “empty” a new meaning. There, if one gets stuck on the road without not enough water or petrol, help is seldom to come, because the void landscape of Gobi is home to merely about 0.2 persons per sq km. Only experienced drivers or locals (and somehow all the goats) know where to find the few streams or springs for fresh water.

In Gobi, there is always wind. Strong and whining, carrying loads of dust and sand in random directions. Sandstorms and sand-tornados are so common and powerful that they can even reach Beijing, which is 150 km away. So in springtime, the residents on Beijing can rush around with plastic bags over their heads, because Gobi winds are blowing the sands towards the capital at a rate of 2 km per year. This a major environmental issue, and China’s government is investing huge sums to create a “Green Wall”, a 5700 km long belt of trees and plants to protect the city from being eventually swallowed up by the Gobi desert.

And so, the highlight of my Gobi trip was not the hundreds of camels (nor the slightly perverse experience of riding them), not hiking along the freezing ice-gorges in Yolyn Am, not climbing the famous dinosaur-fossil-rich Flaming cliffs in Bayanzag (where in 2006 67 dinosaur skeletons were discovered in one week!) and not even rolling down the gorgeous Khongoryn Els sand dunes, but a simple afternoon when we found a small stream close to a even smaller village, and started playing with local children. This all ended in a major water-battle (vees6da) which our team graciously… lost :)

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Shower in Gobi:

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  1. Limonchita said, on June 24, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    esimene pilt – oimaiteamisteha….:)

  2. talikas said, on June 25, 2009 at 5:10 am

    jaaaa v2ga ilus. seal olid muide laulvad liivad.. selline madal vibreeriv h22l… v2ga cool.

  3. isa said, on June 25, 2009 at 6:37 am

    ilus vesi

  4. T. said, on June 26, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Sooooooo amazing!!!


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