China Tames Her Deserts: A Photographic Record. Paperback book published by Science Press 1977. Text is in Chinese and English.
Petroleum exploitation in a gravel desert.
Scientists, together with the poor lower-middle peasants, sum up the people's rich experience in fighting the encroaching desert.
A bumper harvest in sight, thanks to the integrated sand-control measures in the oasis, on the piedmont plain of the Whispering Sand Mountain, Tunhuang county.
Large areas of shifting sand have been brought under control by the construction of checkerboard protection in the south-eastern part of the Tengri Desert, where the Paotow-lanchow railway passes through.
Water provides an important means for reclamation of desert land and construction of new oases. Melting water from ice and snow in the Tienshan is led through the Manas trunk canal on the piedmont plain on the northern slope of the Tienshan to irrigate oases of the Kurbantungut Desert.
Canals paved with precast concrete slabs also effectively stop seepage in the new oasis in the southern part of Kurbantungut Desert.
Where surface water is relatively abundant, water from reservoirs or rivers is used, through elaborate hydraulics device, by using the force of gravity to level the dunes and to build the new fields.
A combination of irrigation works, land levelling, soil preservation and planting of shelterbelts checks the shifting sands and establishes new oasis in the southwestern part of the Taklamakan Desert.
New cotton field in the western part of Kurbantungut Desert.
Another rich crop of melons
Food crops reach the threshing floor
Apple grove in the south-western part of the Taklamakan Desert.
Ancient deserts begin to bloom again. This is another facet of the flourishing and vigorous life in our great socialist motherland. Aerial view of a new oasis on the southern edge of the Kurbantungut Desert.