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Wells Gone Dry In China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 1, 2011

Beijing has had no measurable snowfall as of yet. It would appear that China’s ecological system is in a bad way. In Shandong province, 338 small reservoirs have gone dry. After a monster drougth ealier this year in China, it appears that their economic rise has left China with land that is fast becoming a wasteland….

“JINAN, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) — Lingering drought has left 338 small reservoirs in east China’s Shandong Province dry, authorities said Friday. The ground-water level in Shandong has fallen 0.43 meters to an average 5.42 meters since Sept. 1, said Yin Changwen, spokesman for the Shandong Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.

The water yield of nearly 30,000 electromechanical wells has significantly declined, Yin added.

Since Sept. 23, Shandong has received an average of 9 millimeters of rain, 86 percent below previous years’ average.About 240,000 people in the province are short of drinking water, and about 27.58 million mu (1.84 million hectares) of croplands are suffering from drought.

The dry spell in Shandong is likely to continue, with no rain or snow forecast for the near future.”

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