It turns out a perfect ecology in the middle & lower reaches of the Qarqan River!|CBCGDF’s Scientific Expedition Record of Lop Nur on July 30

On July 25, the Lop Nur scientific expedition team composed of experts from the comprehensive hydrology team, the plant team and the geological environment team set off from Beijing, Shijiazhuang, Qinghai and other places to meet in Korla, Xinjiang. Organized by the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) in 2022, the scientific expedition (Phase 3) to Lop Nur and surrounding areas was launched.

In 2020 and 2021, CBCGDF organized experts in the fields of ecology, hydrology, biology, soil, etc. to go deep into Lop Nur and its surrounding areas, where the experts inspected the three main supply rivers of Lop Nur, the Peacock River, the Tarim River and the Qarqan River Basin. A series of stage investigation results have been obtained on hydrological changes, the distribution of wild terrestrial animal and plant species, the distribution of aquatic organisms, and soil types and distribution characteristics, which have laid a solid foundation for later investigations and comprehensive analysis research.

Location: Wuweichang, the middle and lower reaches of the Qarqan River, the riverbed becomes wider, the flow rate slows down, and many small ditches, depressions and ponds are formed around it, which is a typical river wetland. The groundwater level is very shallow, reeds, red willows and sea blackthorn grow luxuriantly, a variety of water birds can be seen in rivers and ponds, and the surrounding natural and ecological environment is good. About 2 kilometers east of the survey point, you can see the edge of the Taklimakan Desert.

The hydrology team carried out river velocity measurement and hydrological surveys, the geological environment team collected water samples, and the flora team carried out quadratic surveys.

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Translator: Daisy

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