How Is China Turning Deserts Into Arable Lands?

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I remember reading about something where they were trying to do that in, like, the sahara desert? It basically laid out how you’d do it, and it was wildly expensive both in regards to financial costs and man-hours, but it was doable, although I don’t know if it was theoretical or if they were actively working on doing it… I’m assuming China’s using similiar methods, and is just willing to drop the cash and man-hours for it. Ed: from the article- Professor Yang Qingguo, of Jiaotong University, explained that “The costs of artificial materials and machines for transforming sand into the soil is lower compared with controlled environmental agriculture and reclamation” Huh, well that’s pretty cool. Edd: they talk about the “great green wall” project here, in the Gobi desert, which may have been what I was thinking of initially. Eddy: at the end of the article there’s a list of other, similiar projects, and hell ider which one I’d initial read lol. This is a really interesting read though!


Southern California is a desert where we grow tons of crops all taking water from the Colorado River. The central valley in California is a desert where we use tons of water to grow crops that would not survive naturally there. Farming in arid land is nothing new to humans. It takes a lot of water. As for the method used in this article I don’t see how: >involves a paste made from plant cellulose Is not just a form of compost which does all of the things mentioned: improved minerals and water retention, aeration, etc. Then add a ton of water and watch it grow. Source: lived is SoCal for 30+ years.


Lol, that sound they use when she’s making a sandwich @ 1:36. Scaaaaary sandwich…


I keep seeing cool shit Chinese scientist are doing where is all the cool shit American scientists are doing?


I mean they could just do regenerative agriculture instead but any way to green the planet i guess