INNER MONGOLIA, CHINA – AUGUST 22: A lone herder rides his horse through a dry lake bed west of Mandubaolage on August 22, 2007. Local people have watched Arxiot Lake be transformed from a 500 hectare lake deep enough to swim in, to a 1000 ha desert in less than a decade as mines drain the groundwater and a recently constructed road blocks one of its feeder streams. The owners of the mines did not meet with any of the herders before fencing off the grasslands around the mines. The sandstorms that kicked up on this day are smaller than usual because of recent rain. The lake first went dry in 2003, and the resulting desert has doubled in size over the last 4 years. (Photo by Palani Mohan/Getty Images)
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