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Xilinhot Slideshow

Xilinhot — an Inner Mongolian outpost of 177,000 residents, separated from Beijing by a 12-hour train ride — is at the center of the Xilin Gol Grassland, one of China’s largest prairies and livestock production regions. The north’s coal mines, trucks, and power plants are representative of the nation’s coal dependency, a lifeline with an insatiable thirst for water

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Mongolia Slideshow

Along the vast frozen grasslands, 23-year-old Wu Yun and her father, Bao Zhu, tend their flock of sheep and cattle. Just over the ridge, the northern city of Xilinhot is booming as the coal industry continues to expand. But it will take a lot of water to feed both the city and the mining.

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A look at China’s coal-rich, yet water-scarce northern region.

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China Water & Energy Slideshow

Images from northern China, where a proposed pipeline could be the answer to a resource mismatch of coal wealth and water poverty.

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