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The ancient network of water tunnels that brought glacial runoff to parched regions of Xinjiang is drying up as global warming and industrial activity take a toll

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here are currently only around 200 of the underground channels, known as karez, still working, down from nearly 1,800 in the 1950s.
6 months ago
Sky Canaves
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.
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