The environmental history of the Xinjiang Uygur A.R.

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Water Saving Called for Along China's Longest Inland River
Xinhua, 26 May 2001. Water saving is the key to protecting the ecology of the drying up Tarim River, the longest inland river in China. The 1,321 kilometer long Tarim River runs from west to east along the northern verge of the Taklimakan Desert, the biggest moving desert in the country, and used to flow into the Taitema Lake in Xinjiang.
NW China Region to Launch Artificial Precipitation Project
Xinhua, 27 March 2001. Artificial intervention to ease the shortage of surface water and improve the local environment in Xinjiang. Two-thirds of Xinjiang's land area and more than 12 million of its population are threatened by desertification which spreads by 350 square kilometers annually. The increasing number of sand storms in Xinjiang has brought sand and dust to north China, thousands of kilometers away.
New Oilfield Found in Northern Xinjiang
Xinhua, 9 September 2001. Geologists have discovered an area with hundreds of millions of tons of oil and gas reserves in Maqiao, northern Xinjiang. Xinjiang is one of China's leading oil producers. The Junggar Basin in northern Xinjiang is the largest oil-producing area in western China, with an annual output of 9.2 million tons.
Major Pastoral Region to Cut Herd Size to Protect Grassland
Xinhua, 27 June 2002. The size of his herd is always the gauge of a herdsman's wealth. But as overgrazing destroys pastures, herdsman may have to reduce their herds to let the pastures revitalize. The Xinjiang Uygur AR will drastically cut its herd size to protect one of the five largest pastoral regions in China.